New Integrative Models of Health Care

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 18, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Much current discussion of health care evolves around what the goal of care should be. This conversation is especially relevant for health and wellness professionals, particularly those who provide mind-body services. According to Institute of Medicine president Harvey Fineberg, professionals from diverse disciplines can create a new model of health-oriented care based on the following themes:

  • an understanding that health is more than the absence of disease
  • a recognition that health is influenced not only by physical or genetic factors but also by emotional, psychosocial, environmental and spiritual aspects
  • a focus on health maintenance and disease prevention, as well as acute and chronic care
  • an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration
  • an acknowledgment of biologic variation and the need to treat individuals not statistical averages
For more about models of care and how you can participate in the discussion, see “Introduction to Integrative Primary Care; The Health-Oriented Clinic, ” published in Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice (2010; 37 [1], 1–12).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at