The Practice of Integrative Medicine

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The Practice of Integrative Medicine

SKU# 9780826103079

A Legal and Operational Guide

Author: Michael H. Cohen JD, MBA, Marc S. Micozzi MD, PhD, Mary Ruggie PhD


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Successfully Incorporate Integrative Medicine in a Wide Variety of Settings

Practitioners, facilities, and researchers encounter repeated requests from patients regarding the use of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) and there are few who do not know the benefits of its use. But the legal aspects of prescribing or denying CIM treatment are new and harder to navigate, requiring the guidance of lawyers, policy makers, and other practitioners. Based on interviews with over 20 health care providers and facilities who have successfully combined integrative medicine in their practices, this book outlines the pitfalls, legal road-blocks, and benefits of bringing complementary and integrative medicine into daily health care routines.


  • What forces are driving the shift toward Integrative care
  • The key legal issues governing individuals vs. institutions
  • How established CIM institutions chose specific therapies, gained funding, and solved staffing issues
  • The regulations for credentialing and how to comply
  • Techniques for minimizing liability risks for institutions and individuals
  • Strategies for effective informed consent
  • Recommendations on dealing with the dietary supplement question

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 17, 2006
  • Page Count 224
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826103079
  • EISBN 9780826104823

Table of Contents 


  1. Issues in Integrative Medicine: Use and Availability of CAM
  2. A Changing Health Care Market: Forces Shaping the Shift
  3. Assessing the Landscape: Key Legal and Institutional Forces
  4. Starting Up and Growing: Overcoming Hurdles and Developing Sustainability
  5. Getting through the Door: Staffing and Credentialing Complementary Providers
  6. Staying Afloat: Minimizing Potential Liability Exposure
  7. Empowering Patients: Effective Informed Consent
  8. The Supplements Question: Dealing with Dietary Supplements
  9. Integrative Medicine for Pharmacy: Dietary Supplements in Practice
  10. Future Health Care: Navigating Ongoing Institutional Politics
A. Interview Questions (Policies and Procedures)
B. Centers Interviewed
C. Clinic Characteristics
D. Guidelines for Dietary Supplements
E. Resources