Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim (PIHTA) - Knowledge Base

Reports and Papers from Integrative Organizations and Institutions

Resources either developed or funded by organizations or institutions directly involved in integrative health and medicine and include such polls of citizens on their knowledge and experience of a field, professional-led self-portraits and summary data on the topic. 

Survey Finds Ontario Patients Say Naturopathic Medicine Reduces Use of Prescription Medications and Emergency Room Visits
Catherine Kenwell

Study indicates that naturopathic medicine reduces prescription drug use and decreases number of family doctor and hospital visits for individuals within sample population.

Bastyr's Health Clinic Scores High Marks on Regional Patient Survey
Bastyr University

Survey of 40 medical groups in Puget Sound recognizes Bastyr's Health Clinic for Natural Health as offering excellent personal attention and communication between patients and providers.

Naturopathic Medicine: What can patients expect?
Nancy Dunne, William Benda, Linda Kim, Paul Mittman, Richard Barrett, Pamela Snider, Joseph Pizzorno

Provides an overview for patients highlighting the practice principles of naturopathic medicine including: using least invasive methods, treating the whole person, and embracing self-care.

Defining Patient Experience
Jason Wolf, Victoria Niederhauser, Dianne Marshburn, Sherri LaVela

This article synthesizes various ways of defining patient experience by examining research on this topic spanning across 14 years. Findings not only identify common themes and constructs, but missing components needed to create a unified definition of patient experience are also explored. Common themes and constructs reflect the values of integrative health and medicine since most definitions emphasize individualized care and the engagement of patients as active agents in their care. From this vantage point, patient experience is more than merely survey results; it encapsulates encounters over a period of time with multiple instances of interaction. Furthermore, existing definitions solicit and include input not only from patients themselves, but from other family members as well. These are indeed holistic or integrative notions that parallel a whole person approach to care intrinsic to all of the integrative professions.