Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D., Executive Director, Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
There are many challenges facing the American health care system, including the system that cares for our military veterans. One key issue may be the “disease-driven approach to care” (National Academy of Medicine). Could we approach health care differently?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been attempting to answer this question by designing and implementing a new, whole health, patient-centered model of care. VA facilities have been exploring what it takes to shift from a system designed around points of medical care pirmarily focused on disease management to one based on a partnership across time focused on whole health.
This “Whole Health System” was initially deployed at 18 VA flagship facilities. The concept includes conventional treatment, self-empowerment, a personalized health plan, self-healing, self-care, and nondrug complementary and integrative therapies. The system also provides opportunities to research the effectiveness of health services. Dr. Tracy Gaudet of the VA will discuss her agency’s journey to and with this new model, which also shows exciting potential for the Nation.
This event is a Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies. The lecture is supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher.