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Explore (NY). 2012 Sep-Oct;8(5):282-90. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2012.06.006.

Holism at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE).

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Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA. fred.foote@comcast.net

Abstract

Traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder are the signature injuries of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Holistic medicine (comprising multispecialty care integration, patient/family-centered care, wellness interventions, and the construction of architectural "healing environments") has much to offer these patients. In this work we describe the architecture and holistic medicine programming of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a new clinical research center for traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder in the Military Health System. Architecture and clinical process are united in a "design/care continuum" for optimal healing. A groundbreaking institution, the NICoE foreshadows many trends in national healthcare for the 21st century.

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22938747
DOI:
10.1016/j.explore.2012.06.006
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