First-Ever Patient Registry on Integrative Medicine Reports Better Patient Outcomes

A new report released by The Bravewell Collaborative finds that integrative medicine interventions produce significant improvements in patient activation and patient-reported outcomes in the treatment of chronic pain, depression, and stress. The findings are based on data collected by the Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Registry (PRIMIER), the first-ever patient registry on integrative medicine. Lead author Donald Abrams, MD, an integrative oncologist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, stated, "We are encouraged by these early results, and we see tremendous potential for PRIMIER to provide evidence-based research that will improve healthcare quality by pinpointing the most effective practices in integrative medicine."

The study found that the use of integrative medicine yielded an increase in the Patient Activation Measure (PAM), which assesses the degree to which patients believe they have the knowledge, skill, and confidence to take action to improve their health, and whether they are likely to maintain positive self-care actions over time. Previous research has found that higher scores on the PAM are strongly related to improvements in clinical outcomes such as less pain, an increase in utilization of prevention screenings, and a reduction in emergency room visits. An operating foundation, The Bravewell Collaborative develops and manages strategic initiatives that support integrative approaches to health care. The Collaborative established the first practice-based research network in integrative medicine and worked with the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Science to produce a National Summit on Integrative Medicine.

A press release about the registry and findings, with link to the report, may be read here.

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