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Relationships, Priorities, and a Life Worth Living

By Adam Perlman, MD, MPH Relationships are a key component to success — and sometimes failure — not only on the job but also in one’s life. Whether it’s our relationships with our spouse, parents, siblings or our children; or our relationships at work with colleagues, those who report to us, or those to whom we may report; or simply our relationships with friends, having good relationships is what makes life worth living. It’s through our relationships that we ...

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Effective Leadership Means Partnering

By Bonnie Horrigan When conceptualizing the Leadership Program for Integrative Healthcare at Duke, a group of us were brainstorming what might make a leader in an integrative clinic different from a leader in a conventional healthcare setting. We looked at the principles involved in integrative care and asked ourselves: Could what promotes health in patients also foster health in organizations? We soon decided that the very same principles applied. As we all know, one of the basic tenets of integrative healthcare is that ...

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Mindfulness Practice Notes #3

By Jeffrey Brantley, MD I was recently invited to lead a mindfulness meditation session for a small group in a lovely outdoor garden behind the home of our group's host and hostess. It was a beautiful day, and the group was mostly new to mindfulness, so I gave some brief instructions before releasing them to stroll mindfully through the garden for about thirty minutes on their own. In the instructions, I reminded them they already had all they needed. They had mindfulness ...

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Using Integrative Leadership Skills to Establish a Program to Reduce the Likelihood of Chronic Pain Syndrome

By Patricia Dennis For my final project on the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke, I wanted to leverage the assets of my organization to build a transformative initiative by collaborating with others from across our enterprise for the benefit of our patients, members and community. HealthPartners is the largest consumer governed nonprofit health care organization in the nation - serving more than 1.5 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. Our care system includes a multi-specialty group practice of ...

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