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Practicing Integrative Medicine in Santé

In addition to everyday clinical practice, activities that support the process of integral health care include:
  • Health Navigation:  A trained Navigator serves to guide the patient and the practitioners in the process of creating integrative treatment plans.  The Navigator facilitates this process by possessing a familiarity with traditional and complementary medical systems as well as the patient’s unique situation, allowing them to guide the patient and practitioners in custom designing and maintaining a unique, evolving treatment plan.  As a result, the patient might be seen and treated by 2-3 health care practitioners aiming for an optimal outcome and the progress of each case is well documented.
  • Patient Care Conferences:  Weekly meetings with the practitioner team to discuss day-to-day clinical issues. In these meetings, any of the practitioners may present a case and seek input from a wider circle of professionals .
  • Clinical Themes:  To explore the effectiveness of different disciplines in addressing various pathologies, representatives of multiple health modalities present to the wider team their scope and experience in treating specific pathologies using the principles of their chosen discipline.  Clinical theme discussions serve to develop team awareness  of alternative therapeutic ways. 
  • Shared medical records:  Part of the practice of integrative medicine is for each patient to have a comprehensive medical chart that is shared between all the Santé clinicians.  Not only does this common record give a provider a wider perspective when treating the patient, it also serves as a tool to educate providers of their colleagues’ systems of medicine.
  • Patient Education: A priority and a necessity for integral healing entails informing and involving the patient in his or her own treatment and wellbeing at every step of the way. 
In the future, the team aims to develop further collaborations with the integral way:
  • Interdisciplinary conferences : Exploring the potential of integrative health systems by facilitating exchange, learning and visioning amongst health care providers from across the world.
  • Development of an integrative therapeutic approach to treatment of chronic conditions:  Upon establishing integrative approaches to selected chronic conditions, a therapeutic protocol may be developed to manage or treat the condition e.g. Diabetes Mellitus, obesity, sleep apnoea, and so many others.  Essential steps include the primary doctor/practitioner to first evaluate the case followed by an outline of subsequent treatments to follow.  Choice of therapies would be made based on previous case studies and regularly re-evaluated with objective criteria to assess the individual patient’s improvement and recovery.
  • Publication of preventive educational materials for patients:  This serves to facilitate a primary condition of integral medicine where the patient is responsible for his/her own health and well-being.
  • Acute Care Services, the integral way To meet the urgent needs of the acutely ill or those who need home care,  acute care services need further development through the participation of different practitioners offering alternative treatment plans.