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Glob Adv Health Med. 2015 Sep;4(5):33-9. doi: 10.7453/gahmj.2015.064. Epub 2015 Sep 1.

Interprofessional Competencies in Integrative Primary Healthcare.

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Mount Sinai Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine, New York, United States (Dr Kligler).
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, United States (Dr Brooks).
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, United States (Dr Maizes).
Academic Consortium for Complementary & Alternative Health Care, Seattle, Washington, United States (Dr Goldblatt).
Department of Family Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, United States (Dr Klatt).
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona, United States (Dr Koithan).
Center for Spirituality & Healing, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Dr Kreitzer).
Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona, United States (Dr Lee).
University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, United States (Dr Lopez).
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, United States (Dr McClafferty).
Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona, Tucson, United States (Dr Rhode).
Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland, United States (Dr Sandvold).
School of Medicine, Boston University, Massachusetts, Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, McLean, Virginia, United States (Dr Saper).
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, United States (Dr Taren).
School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States (Dr Wells).
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, United States (Dr Lebensohn).


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In October 2014, the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH) was launched as a collaboration between the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health and Medicine and supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. A primary goal of the NCIPH is to develop a core set of integrative healthcare (IH) competencies and educational programs that will span the interprofessional primary care training and practice spectra and ultimately become a required part of primary care education. This article reports on the first phase of the NCIPH effort, which focused on the development of a shared set of competencies in IH for primary care disciplines. The process of development, refinement, and adoption of 10 "meta-competencies" through a collaborative process involving a diverse interprofessional team is described. Team members represent nursing, the primary care medicine professions, pharmacy, public health, acupuncture, naturopathy, chiropractic, nutrition, and behavioral medicine. Examples of the discipline-specific sub-competencies being developed within each of the participating professions are provided, along with initial results of an assessment of potential barriers and facilitators of adoption within each discipline. The competencies presented here will form the basis of a 45-hour online curriculum produced by the NCIPH for use in primary care training programs that will be piloted in a wide range of programs in early 2016 and then revised for wider use over the following year.


Interprofessional education; integrative medicine; primary care

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