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Cleveland Clinic Calls for Partners in Integrative and Lifestyle Interventions

August 14, 2018
Chronic pain patients, in particular, may benefit from these approaches, says the Clinic

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According to a new profile,1 the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine is looking to grow regionally and infuse integrative and lifestyle medicine into more and more treatment pathways for patients. “We would like to be utilized by more primary care physicians both regionally and nationally for management of their chronic-disease patients and to assist primary care physicians when they identify a patient at risk for new onset disease, such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease,” said Brenda Powell, MD, co-medical director of the Center. “Additionally, we would like to partner with specialty clinics in pain management, rheumatology, hematology/oncology and gastroenterology to provide evidence-based integrative care for their patients.”

The Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine, established in 2004, emphasizes the importance of an integrative approach to chronic disease management.Dr. Powell believes patients with chronic diseases, especially chronic pain patients, should have a component of integrative management in their treatment plan. “Right now, integrative care is the gold standard for chronic pain management. Many medical societies are creating position statements promoting integrative medicine as the way to treat people with chronic pain and to avoid the use of opiates.”

To contact the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine, e-mail them at cim@ccf.org, or go to their website at www.clevelandclinic.org/integrativemedicine.

Last updated on: August 16, 2018
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