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Does Integrative Medicine Reduce Prescribed Opioid Use for Chronic Pain? A Systematic Literature Review

Background:

Chronic pain (CP) is a major public health problem. Many patients with CP are increasingly prescribed opioids, which has led to an opioid crisis. Integrative medicine (IM), which combines pharmacological and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), has been proposed as an opioid alternative for CP treatment. Nevertheless, the role of CAM therapies in reducing opioid use remains unclear.

Objectives:

To explore the effectiveness of the IM approach or any of the CAM therapies to reduce or cease opioid use in CP patients.

Naturopathic medicine and aboriginal health: an exploratory study at Anishnawbe Health Toronto

Objective: To explore the experiences and perceptions of providing and receiving naturopathic care within the Aboriginal community served by community health centre Anishnawbe Health Toronto.

Exploring Professional Culture in the Context of Family Health Team Interprofessional Collaboration.

BACKGROUND: While family health teams (FHTs) seek to deliver collaborative patient-centered care, the barriers that can arise due to a practitioner’s professional culture pose a challenge to attaining interprofessional collaboration. The effect of professional culture in relation to FHT collaboration has not yet been examined, and a heightened awareness and appreciation of how this concept influences team dynamics holds promise to improve interprofessional collaboration on these and other evolving health care teams.

Addressing provider shortage in underserviced areas: The role of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) providers in Canadian rural healthcare

INTRODUCTION: This study examined the role of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) providers in rural/remote communities of Ontario that provide care to underserviced areas and may collaborate with biomedical (BM) providers to provide “integrative” medicine (IM). RESEARCH QUESTIONS: (1) To what extent are TCAM providers delivering care in rural/remote communities? (2) How might TCAM providers be interacting with BM providers? (3) In what specific ways may TCAM providers be contributing to human resources for health (HRH)?

Health Services at a Canadian Naturopathic Teaching Clinic

Background: Historically, alongside regulatory and jurisdictional differences in scope of practices, practice patterns of naturopathic doctors (NDs) have varied widely to promote holistic or whole-person treatment using a variety of therapies including: controlled substances, minor surgery, a variety of complementary therapies, as well as both novel and conventional assessments. However, little is known about the observed practice patterns of NDs, the services provided to their patients, or the type of conditions for which patients of NDs are seeking treatment.

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