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Children (Basel). 2018 Aug 20;5(8). pii: E111. doi: 10.3390/children5080111.

Pediatric Integrative Medicine: Vision for the Future.

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Division of Child Neurology-Headache Section, Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri School of Medicine-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA.
Mobile Clinic Program, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77054, USA.
Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.
Integrative Medicine, Prairie Care, University of Minnesota Medical School, Chaska, MN 55318, USA.
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.
Department of Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA.
Integrative Health Institute, CARE Program, PedCAM Network, Department of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8, Canada.
Whole Child Center, Oradell, NJ 07649, USA.


Pediatric integrative medicine (PIM) is of significant interest to patients, with 12% of the general pediatric population and up to 80% of children with chronic conditions using PIM approaches. The field of PIM has evolved over the past 25 years, approaching child health with a number of guiding principles: preventive, context-centered, relationship-based, personalized, participatory, and ecologically sustainable. This manuscript reviews important time points for the field of PIM and reports on a series of meetings of PIM leaders, aimed at assessing the state of the field and planning for its future. Efforts in the first decade of the 2000s led to increased visibility in academic and professional pediatric organizations and through international listservs, designed to link those interested in and practicing PIM, all of which continue to flourish. The PIM leadership summits in recent years resulted in specific goals to advance PIM further in the following key areas: research, clinical practice, professional education, patient and family education, and advocacy and partnerships. Additionally, goals were developed for greater expansion of PIM professional education, broader support for pediatric PIM research, and an expanded role for PIM approaches in the provision of pediatric care.


advocacy; clinical practice; complementary therapies; education; pediatric integrative medicine; vision

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The authors declare no conflict of interest. The funders had no role in the design of the summit, in the writing of the manuscript, or in the decision to publish the manuscript.

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