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Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
News In Brief
A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
Integrative Cardiology: The Heart of TCM & Western Medicine
Patient centered therapy is a growing trend in hospitals that are expanding to boutique services.
5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections can be stubborn to treat, but the therapeutic path forward can be simplified when utilizing three distinct treatment principles which take into account the terrain of the body, and the way in which microbes grow.
Insomnia Treatment Based on the Yu Theory
In recent years, acupuncture has risen in popularity as a form of alternative or supplemental medicine for the treatment of many different types of disorders.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01
Integration: Team-Based Care and Collaborative Practice are the Future of Healthcare
By Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.Interest in interprofessionalism dropped off for several years and was then renewed after a series of reports from the Institute of Medicine1,2 raised concerns about the quality of health care delivered in the United States, including reductions in patient safety and increases in medical errors, and noted a connection to the need for health professionals to work better together.
The lack of teamwork, collaboration and communication was leading to increased health care costs and poorer health outcomes. Leaders in quality improvement recognized the importance of team-based and collaborative care models – starting with students and continuing into professional settings – to meet the Triple Aim:3 improved patient or consumer experience, lower costs, and better health outcomes, in all settings and professions. The NCIPE and its supporters believe that high-functioning teams can improve the experience, outcomes and costs of health care.
Traditionally, IPE has referred to interprofessional education. The most commonly accepted definition, adapted from the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education in the United Kingdom and the World Health Organization, states that it "occurs when two or more professions (students, residents and health workers) learn with, about, and from each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes." According to the NCIPE website, "While called by different names, we call it interprofessional practice and education, or the "new" IPE. We use the phrase "interprofessional practice and education" (IPE) as a way to create a shared space between interprofessional education, interprofessional practice and collaborative practice. The 'new IPE' does not replace the principles related to these concepts – rather, it embraces them."
The "new" IPE is not about education for education's sake. It's about improving health, creating support systems and trying different models of practice. It intentionally supports people – including health professionals, health workers, students, patients, families and communities – to learn together every day to enhance collaboration and improve health outcomes while reducing costs. This is an exciting vision that holds opportunities for the massage therapy profession, and one that is relevant to all of us as health care consumers.
Implications for Education and Practice
The increasing focus on interprofessionalism as part of health care means that there may be more opportunities for massage therapists to work as members of health care teams in clinical settings. Exactly what form this may take remains unclear, however. While massage therapists are regulated providers in the majority of states within the US (44, at last count, and the District of Columbia), relatively few currently work in integrative health care settings such as a chiropractor's office or in hospitals — approximately 12% to 25%, according to 2014 industry estimates.4,5 One factor in this disparity is the relative lack of academically-based entry-level education massage therapists typically receive, and the perception of other health care professionals that there is a high degree of variability in the quality of massage education nationally.6 Those responsible for hiring decisions at health care facilities and within human resources departments may not know what specific qualifications and criteria potential massage therapy team members should meet, or how to credential them to work in that setting.
Another issue is that many massage therapists typically work as individual practitioners, rather than as members of a team. Medical settings in particular tend to be hierarchical in nature, and some massage therapists may have little experience in how to work with others in such a structured environment. As newer members of the team, massage therapists will be expected to "speak the language" and be familiar with practices such as charting and medical records, standard procedures for infection control and universal precautions, and applying research evidence to practice. It will also be important for massage therapists in these settings to be able to explain what they do and their clinical decision-making process to co-workers using language that other health care professionals can understand. Massage education will increasingly need to incorporate topics such as these into the curriculum so that graduating students who choose this career path can be prepared to work as effective and respected team members in health care settings.
So, what can current practitioners who are interested in working more interprofessionally with conventional health care providers do? The NCIPE has created the Nexus: A means of connecting health professions education, specifically interprofessional education, and transforming health care practice – creating a true partnership and shared responsibility, conversation, language and learning. In the Nexus, clinical practices in transforming health systems that partner with health professions education programs think and act differently, serving as learning organizations that support continuous professional development while educating the next generation of health professionals.
The Nexus provides a wealth of online resources, which can be accessed at: https://nexusipe.org/. These include a directory of members, educational resources, IPE events, and updates on ongoing research projects. Massage therapists can register as a user on the site at no charge, and can download papers, participate in discussion groups and attend webinars. There are also several free, e-learning modules on topics such as "Interprofessional Communication" and "What is Interprofessional Education." The NCIPE is a wonderful resource for educators and therapists interested in interprofessional education and practice.
An additional resource is the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. ACCAHC also provides many free resources for integrative health practitioners, such as a desk reference on the integrative health professions, a webinar series, resources for evidence-informed practice and credentialing of practitioners, and a newsletter with current events in integrative health. Sign up for the ACCAHC newsletter, the Collaborator, at their website: www.accahc.org.
Perhaps most important, however, is for practitioners to network with other health care providers, both conventional and integrative, within their own communities. Attending events at local hospitals and introducing yourself can be a great way to increase referrals as well. Look for continuing education opportunities for health care providers at area universities, and consider attending these, especially if there is a lunch or social time scheduled as part of the event. You may be able to attend at a reduced cost if you are not registering for CEUs, or if these are not offered for massage therapists. And if you are interested in attending a national event, think about the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, focusing on research, education, clinical practice and policy, to be held in Las Vegas, NV, May 17-20, 2016. Visit the conference website for more information: www.icimh.org/.
Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT, is the director of the Crocker Institute and a licensed massage therapist in Kiawah Island, SC. She is the author of Making Sense of Research (available here). Martha is also the co-executive director of ACCAHC.
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