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Aging and Mental Health from an Integrative East–West Perspective 

Aging and Mental Health from an Integrative East–West Perspective
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Aging and Mental Health from an Integrative East–West Perspective
Author(s):

Sonya E. Pritzker

, Shelley Ochs

, Edward Kwok-ho Hui

, and Ka-Kit Hui

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199380862.003.0012
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date: 31 March 2020

Integrative East-West medicine is a patient-centered and evidence-based approach that judiciously incorporates principles and therapeutic modalities from Chinese medicine with a biopsychosocial perspective and a sharp focus on disease prevention and health promotion. This chapter provides a brief overview of how this integration is implemented in terms of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health in aging patients. Throughout the chapter, the authors incorporate relevant research findings. A short case study demonstrating the integrative East-West approach to the care of an aging patient with a complex set of complaints, including fatigue, memory difficulties, and depressed mood, is also included.

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