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Changing academic medicine: strategies used by academic leaders of integrative medicine-a qualitative study.

Witt CM, Holmberg C - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2012)

Bottom Line: The study sample consisted of a purposive sample of ten leaders that have successfully integrated CAM into medical schools in the USA, Great Britain, and Germany and the Director of the National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine.With such a skill set, the interviewees identified a series of strategies to align themselves with colleagues from conventional medicine, such as creating common goals, networking, and establishing well-functioning research teams.In addition, there must be a vision of what should be needed to be at the center of all efforts in order to implement successful change.

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Affiliation: Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center Berlin, Luisenstraße 57, 10117 Berlin, Germany ; Center for Integrative Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 27207, USA.

ABSTRACT
In Western countries, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is more and more provided by practitioners and family doctors. To base this reality of health care provision on an evidence-base, academic medicine needs to be included in the development. In the study we aimed to gain information on a structured approach to include CAM in academic health centers. We conducted a semistructured interview study with leading experts of integrative medicine to analyze strategies of existing academic institutions of integrative medicine. The study sample consisted of a purposive sample of ten leaders that have successfully integrated CAM into medical schools in the USA, Great Britain, and Germany and the Director of the National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Analysis was based on content analysis. The prerequisite to foster change in academic medicine was a strong educational and professional background in academic medicine and research methodologies. With such a skill set, the interviewees identified a series of strategies to align themselves with colleagues from conventional medicine, such as creating common goals, networking, and establishing well-functioning research teams. In addition, there must be a vision of what should be needed to be at the center of all efforts in order to implement successful change.

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Important factors for the establishment and long-term sustainability of integrative centers.
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fig1: Important factors for the establishment and long-term sustainability of integrative centers.

Mentions: For some, the success of integration was not only based on the establishment of a good research team in their respective academic health center. It also required interdisciplinary cooperation and expanded teams across various universities including members who were critical of CAM and integrative medicine (Figure 1).


Changing academic medicine: strategies used by academic leaders of integrative medicine-a qualitative study.

Witt CM, Holmberg C - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2012)

Important factors for the establishment and long-term sustainability of integrative centers.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: Important factors for the establishment and long-term sustainability of integrative centers.
Mentions: For some, the success of integration was not only based on the establishment of a good research team in their respective academic health center. It also required interdisciplinary cooperation and expanded teams across various universities including members who were critical of CAM and integrative medicine (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: The study sample consisted of a purposive sample of ten leaders that have successfully integrated CAM into medical schools in the USA, Great Britain, and Germany and the Director of the National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine.With such a skill set, the interviewees identified a series of strategies to align themselves with colleagues from conventional medicine, such as creating common goals, networking, and establishing well-functioning research teams.In addition, there must be a vision of what should be needed to be at the center of all efforts in order to implement successful change.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center Berlin, Luisenstraße 57, 10117 Berlin, Germany ; Center for Integrative Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 27207, USA.

ABSTRACT
In Western countries, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is more and more provided by practitioners and family doctors. To base this reality of health care provision on an evidence-base, academic medicine needs to be included in the development. In the study we aimed to gain information on a structured approach to include CAM in academic health centers. We conducted a semistructured interview study with leading experts of integrative medicine to analyze strategies of existing academic institutions of integrative medicine. The study sample consisted of a purposive sample of ten leaders that have successfully integrated CAM into medical schools in the USA, Great Britain, and Germany and the Director of the National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Analysis was based on content analysis. The prerequisite to foster change in academic medicine was a strong educational and professional background in academic medicine and research methodologies. With such a skill set, the interviewees identified a series of strategies to align themselves with colleagues from conventional medicine, such as creating common goals, networking, and establishing well-functioning research teams. In addition, there must be a vision of what should be needed to be at the center of all efforts in order to implement successful change.

No MeSH data available.