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Communicating with the public about Integrative Medicine
Background: Integrative medicine is an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Methods: Comparative analysis have been made comparing patients satisfaction with pure alopathic vs integrative medicine approaches. Data was collected from English-language reviews using Duke University and Mayo Clinic pocedures, as well as other related literature between 2009-2019. The authors shared the work: abstracting article information; checking information for accuracy; deciding on overall appropriateness and synthesis. Results: Patient-centered medical care is now synonymous with good-quality care and has become accepted as a preferred model of care, or at least a model that one strives to achieve. Most patients expect their therapists to know something about the use of integrative medicine specific for their situation, so they can obtain educated advice and collaborate in decision-making. If their therapist is not responsive and is not a reliable source of information, patients will obtain and collect information from a variety of other sources of questionable veracity. Educating complementary medicine practitioners about integrative medicine could be an approach to overcoming the communication gap with conventional health care practitioners. Conclusion: Communication with the public is a critical component of integrative medicine reaching its full potential and impact. Integrative medicine clinicians can play a key role in communicating this knowledge to patients and professional colleagues.