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NCCIH blogs about research developments related to complementary health practices. Check in regularly to keep up with the latest findings.

NCCIH Blog Team
October 25, 2018

“What really matters to you in your life? What brings you a sense of joy and happiness? How can these things help us work together on your health challenges?”

These are questions that we don’t typically hear in our current health care system, says Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D., who will deliver NCCIH’s upcoming 2018 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies (more details below). And they’re at the center of an initiative Dr. Gaudet leads at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to deliver personalized, proactive, and patient-centered care to our veterans.
The Veterans Health Administration’s cultural transformation to a Whole Health System was initially deployed at 18 flagship VA facilities around the Nation. Key to the approach is to start with what matters most to the patient. For example, even when living with a difficult condition such as chronic pain, would the person like to return to a favorite sport or hobby? To play on the floor with his or her children or grandchildren? To feel and function better at work?
Whole Health, Dr. Gaudet says, is an approach to health care that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and to live their lives to the fullest. VA facilities have been exploring what it takes to shift from a system designed around points of medical care primarily focused on disease management, to one based on a partnership across time focused on whole health. What we need, she adds, is a health system centered not only on treatment and clinical encounters but also on self-empowerment, self-healing, and self-care. Whole Health also provides opportunities for health services research.
Dr. Gaudet is the inaugural executive director of the VA’s Office for Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation and was formerly director of Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, NC. Since 2011, she has led the VA’s initiative to redesign the delivery of health care. It is, she says, a movement away from the limited “find-it/fix-it, disease-driven” approach to a concept that includes conventional treatment, self-empowerment, a personalized health plan, self-healing, self-care, and nondrug complementary and integrative modalities.
The lecture, “Transforming Veterans’ Health: Implementing a Whole Health System of Care,” will take place on November 29, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET in the Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center. It will also be streamed and archived on NIH Videocast and the NCCIH Facebook page. We welcome you to join us in person or online to hear this dynamic speaker. More information about this annual NCCIH lecture, which honors Stephen E. Straus, M.D., the Center’s Founding Director, and about Dr. Gaudet is available on the event page.  

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
October 17, 2018
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses an NIH/NCCIH research initiative to advance the study of emotional well-being.

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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
October 15, 2018
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Given our Center’s longstanding interests in funding rigorous research of complementary and integrative health approaches for pain, we are enthusiastic about a potential new translational research initiative that will address the need for effective and personalized therapies for chronic low back pain – the NIH Back Pain Research Consortium (BACPAC)

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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
September 24, 2018
Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa highlights key presentations and concepts to be discussed at the October 5, 2019 meeting of the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health.

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Robin Elizabeth Boineau, M.D.
September 20, 2018
Robin Boineau, M.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Robin Boineau discusses six NCCIH-administered awards to study innovative behavioral health approaches to enhance adherence to medications treating opioid use disorder (OUD).

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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
September 18, 2018
Lanay Mudd, Ph.D.

In this research blog, Dr. Lanay Mudd discusses career development pathways for clinician-scientists and a new career development funding opportunity in partnership with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

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