Essay A Holistic Approach to Ambulatory Care

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It is apparent that treatment with pharmaceutical drugs is not always the preference of the patient. In order for the delivery of care to be patient centered, a holistic approach to care needs to be a standard in ambulatory care. This change would enable the assurance that patients are presented with all options available and enable them to take control of their health.
The Journal of Dietary Supplements discusses the increased use of “Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)” and how it is becoming a need among physicians to educate and train themselves so that the idea of Integrative Medicine is a realization to the public (Litchy, 2011). This holistic approach allows the ability for conventional medicine to be incorporated with
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It is apparent that treatment with pharmaceutical drugs is not always the preference of the patient. In order for the delivery of care to be patient centered, a holistic approach to care needs to be a standard in ambulatory care. This change would enable the assurance that patients are presented with all options available and enable them to take control of their health.
The Journal of Dietary Supplements discusses the increased use of “Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)” and how it is becoming a need among physicians to educate and train themselves so that the idea of Integrative Medicine is a realization to the public (Litchy, 2011). This holistic approach allows the ability for conventional medicine to be incorporated with alternative interventions which, further enables the patient to decide which route of care best suits their specific preferences. Many hospitals around the U.S. are currently offering holistic methods of care such as Sharp Healthcare in San Diego. The services offered there include; Acupuncture, Arts for Healing, Clinical Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery, Healing Touch, Holistic Healing, Massage Therapy, Qigong, Reflexology, and Yoga. All of these methods allow patients to receive an alternative intervention for treatment of conditions such as; anxiety, pain management, and stress. All of these are known conditions to negatively affect the healing process (Sharp, 2014). With all the diversity in the United States it is typically not the
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