Linking integrative medicine with interprofessional education and care initiatives: Challenges and opportunities for interprofessional collaboration
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Although the fields of interprofessional education and collaboration (IPE/IPC) and integrative medicine (IM) are both recognised and clearly advancing as of late, a curious paradox exists: IPE/IPC and IM are both concerned with communicating about and attempting to resolve differences between healthcare professions with the fundamental goal of improving patient outcomes, yet they have remained quite distinct fields of research. This disconnect could be due to the fact that one field deals with integration within the general paradigm of biomedicine (IPE/IPC), while the other addresses integration across paradigms (IM). It is an opportune time for a critical comparison between the two. First, the main themes of IM are summarised as they are reflected in the IM literature. Second, a comparative analysis is presented focusing on the significant similarities and differences between IPE/IPC and IM. The final section addresses the question: What key learning areas from IM could benefit and enhance IPE/IPC?
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