Working towards a model of integrative health care: critical elements for an effective team

Journal Article

By: A; Eng Mulkins, J; Verhoef, M
Publication Name: Complement Ther Med
Year: 2005

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess what factors the Tzu Chi Institute (TCI) practitioners identified as supports and barriers to providing care within an integrative health care setting. DESIGN: Qualitative data were collected by means of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 16 practitioners who worked at a comprehensive integrative care clinic in Vancouver, Canada over 5 years. RESULTS: Practitioners identified four elements critical to forming and sustaining an effective integrative care team: (1) effective communication tools, (2) personal attributes (3) satisfactory compensation, and (4) a supportive organizational structure. CONCLUSIONS: Because of the influence practitioners have on the outcomes of patients in an integrative care program, attention must be focused not only on creating optimal healing environments for patients but also towards establishing and nurturing optimal working environments for practitioners.

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