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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2007 Feb;13(1):46-52. Epub 2006 Dec 13.

Communication between CAM and mainstream medicine: Delphi panel perspectives.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Lutheran Medical Center, 150-55th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220, USA.


Healthcare practitioners' models of health affect their patient interactions and services. We surveyed mainstream (MM), integrative (IM) and CAM providers to investigate their models of health. This study generated ideas for actions to improve MM/CAM communication based on survey findings. Through the Delphi technique, a panel of 14 MM, IM and CAM experts participated in two rounds of questioning regarding survey findings. MM panel members were less supportive of almost all suggestions for actions than IM and CAM members. Suggestions most likely to be implemented were enabling the patient to take an active role in care, establishing understanding between patient and practitioner of treatment and its goals, fostering patients' taking responsibility for their health and communicating about patient assessment in ways understandable to others. Actions to foster better MM/CAM communication promote focus by a team of providers on the patient's goals, functioning and involvement in their care.

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