“The philosophy behind integrative medicine is a focus on all stages and aspects of an individual’s care, placing the patient at the center and making individuals responsible for and involved in their own health. The physical, mental, social, spiritual, environmental, and other states of being must be considered to ensure that patients receive the highest quality and most comprehensive and coordinated care possible.”

— Judith Salerno, MD, MS,
Executive Officer,
The Institute of Medicine

About Us

Research


Our research is generously funded by the Bravewell Collaborative.

The Integrative Medicine Foundation, in conjunction with the Alliance Integrative Medicine, is currently conducting research with our Bravenet partners at the following ten clinical centers:

Bravenet is the first practice-based research network for Integrative Medicine. Bravenet has conducted two national multicenter studies and one upcoming study:

A Registry Study – A total of 4182 patients (84.5% white; 72.7% college-educated; and 73.4% female) reported their most important reasons for seeking IM. Top-ranked reasons were: 1) “to improve health and wellness now to prevent future problems” (83.9%); 2) “to try new options for health care” (76.7%); and 3) “to maximize my health regardless of whether or not my illness is curable” (74.6%). Interestingly, the same top reasons were reported by subgroups of patients who sought IM for wellness, acute care, or chronic illness. Patient reports of lifestyle also demonstrated healthier behaviors than national samples. Patients seeking clinical care at IM centers desire an expanded paradigm of health care, one that seeks to maximize health.

Reference: Patients seek integrative medicine for preventive approach to Optimize health. Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD,1,# Donald I. Abrams, MD, et al. EXPLORE November/December 2012, Vol. 8, No. 6.(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2012.08.005)

The SIMTAP Study (Study of Integrative Medicine Therapeutic Approaches to Pain) –
In this six-month study on 409 patients seeking integrative medicine for chronic pain we showed that an integrative approach significantly reduces pain severity while improving mood and quality of life.

Reference: The BraveNet prospective observational study on integrative medicine treatment approaches for Pain. Abrams et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013, 13:146 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/13/146

UPCOMING MULTI-YEAR STUDY

  • The PRIMIER Study (Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Registry) – This national survey will use PROMIS - a web-based survey that collects patient-reported data on key health symptoms and health-related quality of life, including pain, depression, fatigue, and physical function. This data, grouped by health condition, are easily matched with data regarding laboratory tests, costs, patient functionality and productivity, and other measures as routinely collected in patients’ medical records. It will provide clinical information to determine the “best practices’ of integrative medicine”. This study is currently enrolling participants.

In addition, the Bravewell Collaborative also sponsored the publication “Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States.” For more information on this please click here.