Integrative Health Competencies for Primary Care Professionals
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- Practice patient-centered and relationship-based care.
- Obtain a comprehensive health history which includes mind-body-spirit, nutrition, and the use of conventional, complementary and integrative therapies and disciplines.
- Collaborate with individuals and families to develop a personalized plan of care to promote health and well-being which incorporates integrative approaches including lifestyle counseling and the use of mind-body strategies.
- Demonstrate skills in utilizing the evidence as it pertains to integrative healthcare.
- Demonstrate knowledge about the major conventional, complementary and integrative health professions.
- Facilitate behavior change in individuals, families and communities.
- Work effectively as a member of an interprofessional team.
- Engage in personal behaviors and self-care practices that promote optimal health and wellbeing.
- Incorporate integrative healthcare into community settings and into the healthcare system at large.
- Incorporate ethical standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations and communities.
The Interprofessional Leadership Team (InPLT) has developed a set of 10 meta-competencies to guide curriculum development. Using the meta-competencies as a guide, InPLT representatives in coordination with primary healthcare professionals are developing specific competencies for these disciplines:
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Preventive Medicine
- Public Health
- Physician Assistants
- Behavioral Health
- Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- Naturopathic Medicine
We would appreciate your feedback on the profession-specific competencies. Please contact us if you are interested in reviewing the specific competencies for your profession.