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Learning from the History of Integrative Preventive Medicine to Address Our Current Healthcare Challenges 

Learning from the History of Integrative Preventive Medicine to Address Our Current Healthcare Challenges
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Learning from the History of Integrative Preventive Medicine to Address Our Current Healthcare Challenges
Author(s):

Wayne B. Jonas

and Edward Calabrese

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190241254.003.0001
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date: 17 November 2018

Integrative medicine (IM), defined as the appropriate use of all evidence-based healthcare practices and professions—complementary and conventional—is evolving as an important aspect of preventive medicine in the last twenty years to achieve population health. With the creation of the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council in the United States, representing cabinet-level agencies, there was an opportunity to truly reform the basic approach to preventive medicine from an integrative perspective. Other advances in prevention show the steady global progress of integrative preventive medicine (IPM) in both concept and operations. As these developments evolve, what lessons can we learn from the last twenty years of IM to make a difference in establishing and maintaining a healthy and resilient population in the twenty-first century? This chapter summarizes some of those lessons and describes a vision for IPM in addressing the current health challenges faced by the world.

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