“Integrative Health” Topic at Groundbreaking D.C. Summit

Dear Readers,

We are witnessing a complete overhaul of health care in the U.S.  Beginning in 2003, more people visited so-called alternative health care providers than medical doctors.  Now, in 2009, the first large scale meeting of its kind was conducted to further the nation’s knowledge of integrative health.  Click here for the in-depth story.

On February 25-27, 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a “Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public” at its headquarters in Washington, DC. Approximately 600 people participated in this historic meeting which included a wide variety of experts in integrative medicine as well as people in leading positions in government, industry, and academia. This Summit was co-sponsored by the Bravewell Collaboration, a foundation composed of leading philanthropists dedicated to transforming the culture and delivery of health care.The summit content and discussions provided vital information for transforming the U.S. health care system. Topics included: patient-centered care, the scientific basis of integrative medicine, health care financing reform and value-driven care, and mind-body relationships and health. Prior to the conference, the IOM commissioned several papers to provide background information on integrative medicine`s performance in prevention and wellness, patient-centered care, research, public education, professional education, and economics and policy.

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