Integrative Health (IH) honors the innate ability of the person to heal, values the relationship between client and healthcare provider, is supported by evidence, and uses all appropriate modalities to facilitate healing. Integrative healthcare refocuses care on health and healing. We believe that healing is possible even when it is not possible to cure. Integrative healthcare insists clients be treated as whole persons - minds and spirits, as well as physical bodies - who participate actively in their own healthcare. (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, 2011; Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, 2009; Maizes, V., Koffler, K., & Fleishman, S., 2002).
Our IH approach emphasizes the provider-client dyad with communication and trust being integral elements of the relationship; lifestyles and cultural beliefs and communities are brought to the encounter by both of the participants. The knowledgeable provider values science, but as an evidenced-based practitioner knows that valid clinical evidence can only be effective when integrated with the provider's clinical experience and the client's preferences and values (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011).
A significant foundation in the curriculum is an open belief system, commitment to relationships, and willingness to embrace spirituality. In each encounter the provider enters the client's sacred space through invitation and remains there by permission.
We expect faculty, preceptors, students, and graduates to embody the transformative power of integrative healthcare by:
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. (2011). What is integrative medicine? Retrieved from http://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/about/definition.html
Consortium for Academic Health Center. (2009). Definition of integrative medicine. Retrieved from http://www.imconsortium.org/about/home.html
Maizes, V., Koffler, K., & Fleishman, S. (2002). Revisiting the health history: An integrative medicine approach. Advances in Mind Body Medicine, 18 (2), (31-34).
Melnyk, B.M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice.(2 ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.