Why Consider Credible Complementary Therapy for Your Patients?
More and More Individuals are Using Unconventional Approaches to Health and Wellness.
- More than 30% of adults and approximately 12% of children in the United States reported use of healthcare approaches not typically part of conventional medical care in the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).This survey was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- The NHIS is the most current, comprehensive, and reliable source of information on the use of complementary health approaches by US adults and children.
Research Establishing Evidence-Based Complementary Therapeutics is Growing.
- The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), established in 1998, is one of the 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- The NCCIH is the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
- The NCCIH works to determine what is promising, what helps and why, and what is safe.
Collaboration, Education, and Integration
- To work collaboratively with a healthcare provider, who a patient knows and trusts, is my goal.
- Education regarding evidenced-based, complementary therapy will be provided to the individual and their healthcare professional.
Informed integration of credible complementary therapy into an individual’s health and wellness plan is the objective.
Patients Who May Benefit from Credible Complementary Therapy Include Those:
- Not responding well to treatment
- Seeking more options
- Asking questions about complementary therapy/practitioners
- With pain, stress, fatigue, trouble sleeping
- Seeking nutritional support
Sometimes it Takes a Village
- While healthcare providers are accustomed to working with conventional healthcare specialists, they may be less comfortable recommending evidenced-based complementary therapeutics or practitioners of these therapies.
- With my background in conventional medicine and a network of colleagues who practice complementary therapy, I can be a resource for both healthcare providers and their patients who want to expand their village beyond its familiar borders.
If you are considering a complementary therapy recommendation for a patient and you prefer it to be evidenced-based, I know I can help you and your patient.
Please reach out! I would be happy to help!