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A New Healthcare System

The United States healthcare system is in dire need of change. We spend nearly double on healthcare compared with other industrialized nations, and yet our health outcomes continue to lag behind. Our healthcare system has been designed around a medical model oriented toward saving lives and symptom management. However, partly due to its success at saving and prolonging…

Our Model—Part 3: Whole Systems Healthcare

This article is part three of a three part series on Our Model. See part one to learn about The Healthcare Continuum, and part two to learn about the Idealized Strategy Flow. We use the term whole systems in reference to a style of holistic modeling of systems in relation to the human being. A whole systems approach places reductionist and…

Our Model—Part 2: The Idealized Strategy Flow

The article is the second in a three part series on Our Model. If you have not read part one on The Healthcare Continuum, it can be found here. The Idealized Strategy Flow , developed by Stargrove & Stargrove, is a comprehensive map that provides goal-oriented context for the inter-disciplinary practice of person-centered integrative medicine. Phase One involves treating a problem with…

Our Model—Part 1: The Healthcare Continuum

Integrative health care brings conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way. It emphasizes a holistic, patient-focused approach to health care and wellness—often including mental, emotional, functional, spiritual, social, and community aspects—and treating the whole person rather than, for example, one organ system. It aims for well-coordinated care between different providers and institutions. NIH:…

Healthcare’s Existential Crisis

The Problem Advances in modern medical knowledge and technology have significantly improved our ability save lives from immediate health threats. Clean air and water, improved sanitation and refrigeration systems, public education, vaccines, life saving drugs and procedures, and management of chronic diseases have caused a surge in the average life expectancy, from ~36 years old in the…