Focus on the role of the integrative health practitioner in developing patient care plans for specific therapeutic needs. Supervised practical application of learned principles to patient cases that exhibit specific therapeutic needs and requirements. Emphasis on care plans that require synthesis and integration of conventional clinical care for specific diagnoses. Development of clinical reasoning through an evidence-based approach to the evaluation and management of problems commonly encountered in outpatient settings. Students learn to incorporate health promotion and disease prevention and advocate for healthy lifestyles and preventive medicine practices in patient care plans.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: 1. Apply evidence based integrative care strategies for the treatment and management of assigned therapeutic areas. (See list below) 2. Use medical history, physical examination data, diagnostic studies, and treatment plan information to formulate integrative health care plans based on accepted principles within the field. 3. Develop case-specific nutritional plans to address nutrient deficiencies, therapeutic diets, and elimination diet needs while addressing environmental and social and cultural influences. 4. Recommend the use of dietary supplements, botanicals, and natural products in accordance with evidence based safety and efficacy while accounting for adverse effects and drug interactions. 5. Integrate appropriate levels of mind-body clinical care into case development and recommendations. 6. Identify opportunities to recommend whole medical systems applications as a component of clinical care plans. 7. Translate lifestyle barriers into preventive and health promotion strategies to address social factors, barriers to change, risk reduction, self-care, sleep, and/or healthy and unhealthy behaviors. 8. Strategically incorporate the foundations of integrative practice philosophy and ethics into recommendations and care plans. 9. Demonstrate professional practice acumen in the development of recommendations and care plans that account for priorities, risk-benefit, communication, evidence-based principles, medical and legal , cost-effectiveness, and critical assessment considerations.