Our research initiatives range from evaluation and implementation to education and consultation.




Our recent conference investigated the question: What does it mean to provide care that is truly centered on the needs of patients? Samueli Institute hosted the national symposium on Nov. 8-9, 2012 called Patients at the Crossroads: Reconciling Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-Based Practice, and Integrative Medicine.

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On October 19 and 20, 2013, Samueli Institute and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH) collaborated to host a two-day symposium focused on community and organizational health and well-being. Utilizing a whole-systems health framework, the conference was designed to help leaders and change agents appreciate the relationship between self-care and care for others for building resilience in mind, body and spirit. More than 120 leaders and caregivers from across FBCH staff took part in the event, which included instruction and hands-on demonstrations in healthy eating, mindfulness meditation, wellness, organizational leadership, and developing healing relationships.

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Completed Projects
Integrative Medicine Program Evaluation - a full, mixed-methods program evaluation of the structure, process and outcome of both the inpatient and outpatient integrative medicine programs conducted at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN   2006-2008

Inpatient Program Evaluation- a comprehensive report of focus group findings relative to program offerings at a residential medical facility for children and their families, The Children's Inn, at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 2007-2009

Identifying Barriers to Optimal Healing Study  - a study to understand the views of patients and clinicians on the central concepts of healing and to identify the major barriers and facilitators to promoting healing in primary care conducted at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Seattle, WA. 2004-2005

Lessons Learned - a summary of lessons learned while developing, implementing and evaluating a model for the delivery of integrated healthcare at the Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

Building a Business Case for the Group Health Clinician Coaching Program Study - a study to estimate the total cost associated with the Clinician Coaching Program and determine the marginal impact of the program on changes in patient satisfaction; patient and physician retention; use of services and patient adherence to physician recommendations. Conducted at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Seattle, WA. 2004-2005

Past Symposia and Conferences

Patients at the Crossroads: Reconciling Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-Based Practice, and Integrative Medicine, November 2012
The Symposium focused on four areas of patient-centered care: practice, educating practitioners, health-care systems, and research. Learn more

Mind-Body Programs and Practices within a Patient- and Family-Centered Framework, June 2012
Two expert panels and a program demonstration workshop were convened and delivered at this special track of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care’s 5th International Conference.  Leaders shared effective strategies for creating, implementing, and evaluating successful mind-body programs and practices in civilian and military healthcare settings.

Optimal Healing Environments: A Scientific Symposium Exploring Science, Behavior Change, and Measurement, May 2011 
Presenters described the application of years of research into developing real-world behavioral changes that are sustainable within each domain of an Optimal Healing Environment—with measurable effects.

Cultivating Optimal Healing Environments in Nursing and Health Care: Evidenced-based Integrative Medicine skills for you and your patients, March and May 2011 
A one day workshop for nurses with a goal to establish a common understanding of whole person care; curing and healing; and the practical applications of Optimal Healing Environments to oneself, to patients and to our health care organizations.
2009 Nursing Leadership Forum on Optimal Healing Environments
In 2009 Samueli Institute convened a group of nurse leaders to foster alignment between the Institute’s Optimal Healing Environments Program and like-minded nursing organizations and nurse leaders with a goal to accelerate change in the way healing is understood, valued and facilitated in American health care settings. An “Environmental Scan” of nurse-led healing initiatives was also conducted. 

Surveys of Hospitals

2010 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Survey - A national survey of CAM services being offered by U.S. community and military hospitals Report

Optimal Healing Environments Surveys - A national survey of the nature and prevalence of Optimal Healing Environment initiatives in U.S. community and military hospitals nationwide.

2010 Follow- Up Survey