How do we build the next generation of integrative care providers?

We have identified a series of values, skills, and knowledge that clinicians need in order to provide integrative care. We are currently training our students, faculty, and alumni to model this philosophy of care. These competencies fall into seven domains:

DOMAIN 1: Values, Ethics, Culture, and Diversity ::: Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values, recognizing the diversity within and between disciplines and within the demographics of populations served.

DOMAIN 2: Patient Centered Care ::: Seek out, integrate, and value the input and the engagement of the patient, family, and community in designing and implementing care.

DOMAIN 3: Roles and Responsibilities ::: Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of the patients, families, and communities served.

DOMAIN 4: Interprofessional Communication ::: Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.

DOMAIN 5: Team and Teamwork ::: Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.

DOMAIN 6: Collaborative Leadership ::: Engage in co-creation of a climate for shared leadership and collaborative practice.

DOMAIN 7: Wellbeing and Resilience ::: Recognize that the health of an individual positively and negatively impacts their ability to affect change around them and implement sustainable strategies to navigate challenges, all while remaining connected to one’s sense of purpose.

We believe these competencies help clinicians build strong therapeutic relationships with and around our patients. These relationships improve health outcomes, support care providers in addition to patients and their families, and individualizes care to ensure patient wellbeing and resilience.