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Explore (NY). 2010 Sep-Oct;6(5):308-12. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2010.06.012.

The efficacy and cost effectiveness of integrative medicine: a review of the medical and corporate literature.

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Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Scripps Health, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.


Data supporting the efficacy and cost effectiveness of an integrative approach to healthcare comes from three sources: medical research conducted at universities, studies carried out by corporations developing employee wellness programs, and pilot projects run by insurance companies. The integrative approaches being studied place the patient at the center of the care and address the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that affect a person's health. Most importantly, they promote prevention by engaging the whole person in the attainment of a personalized lifestyle that supports health. A review of the medical, corporate, and payer literature reveals that, to start, immediate and significant health benefits and cost savings could be realized throughout our healthcare system by utilizing three integrative strategies: (1) integrative lifestyle change programs for those with chronic disease, (2) integrative interventions for people experiencing depression, and (3) integrative preventive strategies to support wellness in all populations.

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