The Many Benefits of Integrated Practices
In 2015, the United States finds itself in a very precarious position with respect to the population’s overall health status. With significant growth in the prevalence of chronic disease and the high mean average BMI of Americans young and old, there is a high burden placed on the healthcare system. While the healthcare system is trying its best to accommodate this increased disease burden, there are significant gaps in access to care in all types of medical disciplines. Chiropractic care is not exempt from this group.
One way that the medical community has tried to alter the landscape of healthcare in the United States is with the implementation of integrated practice across various settings. This involved one facility that is composed of teams of professionals that deal in cases that are related to each other. An example of an integrated care facility is a medical center that covers endocrinology and cardiology for diabetic patients.
In chiropractic care, an integrated practice is a considerably beneficial idea to be implemented. In consolidating resources and increasing the amount of interfacing between medical professionals that are seeing the same patients, practices have the opportunity to make a practice run much more efficiently and increase the speed of which care is delivered. It is quite common for chiropractors to seek input from other physicians that a patient has seen in the past as a way to gain additional insight into the patient’s current status.
To a degree, chiropractic clinics have already begun to form integrated practices of their own. We have seen an increase in the presence of chiropractic clinics that also have an acupuncture program, a nutrition program, and a weight loss program also provided for patients onsite. In combining the practices of chiropractic care, nutrition, and weight management all in the same place, chiropractic care clinics have been incorporated the integrated model for quite some time.