There was a time when doctors were able to spend as much time as needed to listen to your health needs, talk through possible treatments and check on your wellbeing days later. Today, you are lucky to get 10 minutes of a doctor’s rushed time.
Integrative health care aims to change this emerging disconnect between you—person and patient—and your health care providers.
Discovering Integrative Health and Medicine
Integrative health and medicine focuses on providing care for you as a complete person. It’s the difference between looking at the whole picture—your body, mind and spirit—instead of zeroing in on a single physical complaint or disease.
The practice of integrative medicine combines conventional medical approaches with complementary and alternative medicine, such as mindfulness, acupuncture, chiropractic and biofeedback.
Your Care Team of experts, led by your care provider with the support of a behavioral health specialist, work with you to develop a treatment plan that takes into consideration your unique health care needs and circumstances. The goal is to treat your illness while helping you regain and maintain optimal wellness.
Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship
One of the benefits of integrative health and medicine is that it forges a stronger relationship between patient and doctor. Physicians who adopt this approach in their practices tend to spend more time with patients identifying and then addressing a patient’s physical and emotional issues.
As your care provider spends more quality time getting to know you, your treatment plans become more personalized. Treatment goes beyond the standard care of writing prescriptions. Instead, your care provider may recommend working with a health coach, attending wellness classes, trying yoga or getting regular massages.
Research conducted at Duke Integrative Medicine suggests that people who participate in integrative health and medicine programs, such as one-on-one sessions with a health coach, reap greater health benefits than those who stick solely with conventional medicine.
Adopting a Holistic Approach to Health and Well-being
Integrative health and medicine assumes a proactive approach to wellness. That means you may need to make certain lifestyle changes, such as:
Integrative Health and Medicine at Harken Health
At Harken Health, we believe that better health starts with better relationships with your care provider. We provide access to relationship-based primary care with a range of competitively-priced health insurance plan options. Our insurance plans include access to a dedicated Care Team made up of doctors, nurses, health coaches and behavioral health specialists. Visit Harken Health to learn more.
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