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Integrative health care – What are the relevant health outcomes from a practice perspective? A survey

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, December 2017
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Title
Integrative health care – What are the relevant health outcomes from a practice perspective? A survey
Published in
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, December 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12906-017-2041-4
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Authors

Ania Kania-Richmond, Amy Metcalfe

Abstract

Integrative health care (IHC) is an innovative approach to health care delivery. There is increasing focus on and demand for the evaluation of IHC practices. To ensure such evaluations capture their full scope, a clear understanding of the types of outcomes relevant to an IHC approach is needed. The objective was to describe the health domains and health outcomes relevant to IHC practices in Canada. An online survey of Canadian IHC clinics. Survey questions were informed by the IN-CAM Health Outcomes Database. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data. Chi square tests were used to compare responses between clinic types and patient groups served. Surveys were completed by 21 clinics (response rate: 50%). Physical, psychological, social, individualized and holistic were identified as applicable health domains by more than 90% of the clinics. Spiritual domain was the least relevant (70% of clinics). A number of relevant outcomes within each domain were identified. A core set of outcomes were identified and included: fatigue, anxiety, stress, and patient-provider relationship, and quality of life. Clinics with primarily conventional health practitioners were less likely to address overall well-being (p = 0.04), while clinics that provided care to a specialized patient population (i.e. cancer patients) or a mix of general and specialized patients were less likely to address religious practices (p = 0.04) or spiritual experiences (p = 0.007). Outcomes across health domains should be considered in the evaluation of IHC models to generate an understanding of the full scope of effectiveness of IHC approaches. The core set of outcomes identified may facilitate this task. Ethics approval (Ethics ID REB14-0495) was received from the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 88 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 13 15%
Student > Master 12 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 10%
Researcher 7 8%
Student > Postgraduate 6 7%
Other 16 18%
Unknown 25 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 19 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 15 17%
Psychology 12 14%
Business, Management and Accounting 3 3%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 3%
Other 8 9%
Unknown 28 32%

Attention Score in Context

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#12,762,781
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#1,818
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#275,877
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#214
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