Utilizing Integrative Medicine in the U.S. Army Medical Department
Civilian research paper
ARMY ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY INST FORT BELVOIR VA
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While it is praiseworthy that the Army has acknowledged the value of Integrative Medicine IM in its Pain Management Task Force Final Report 2010, its vision for this enabler remains limited. IM is seen as having a place only in specialty care IM research, while ongoing, is not centrally directed and the Office of the Surgeon General lacks a voice that can speak for IM. Since IM offers the ability to reduce health care costs and improve Soldier resiliency, Army Medicine needs a vision for IM that will enable its full potential. The Patient-Centered Medical Home concept offers an opportunity to integrate IM into primary care and a Consultant to The Surgeon General could insure both that IM research moves in the directions that the enterprise needs, and that IM has a champion at the highest levels of the organization. Once a strategic vision is in place, the Army can fully utilize IM s ability to improve the care of its patients. The Army should also strongly consider a demonstration project of an IM-based clinic to prove this concept, and provide real-world cost and outcome data to guide further progress.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies