In response to COVID-19, Duke Integrative Medicine will be open for medical visits only at this time. Use of facilities, and all other in-person outpatient services and in-person programs will be suspended until further notice. Some outpatient visits will be done via video or telephone. Please call center for details. Hours of the building are limited to Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Integrative Healthcare is an approach to care that seeks to integrate the best of Western scientific medicine with a broader understanding of the nature of illness, healing and wellness. Easily incorporated by all medical specialties and professional disciplines, and by all health care systems, its use not only improves care for patients, it also enhances the cost-effectiveness of health care delivery for providers and payors.
A practical strategy, integrative medicine puts the patient at the center of the care and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Treating the whole person addresses both the patient’s immediate needs as well as the effects of the long-term and complex interplay between a range of biological, behavioral, psychosocial and environmental influences are addressed. This process enhances the ability of individuals to not only get well, but most importantly, to stay well.
The defining principles of integrative medicine are:
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