WHAT IS INTEGRATED CARE?

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When a person has a complex healthcare problem for which there is no simple answer and many options (both conventional and alternative) are being considered, confusion can reign supreme.

Here’s a case study:

A mother was investigating treatment for her 13 year old daughter who had bone cancer. The cancer had been operated on. Now, 18 months later, the disease had spread.

The oncologist at the children’s hospital offered two clinical research trials with new agents and a more established form of chemotherapy. The oncologist asked the mother to choose. Not fair!

At the same time, the mother started to work with an alternative practitioner. The alternative practitioner organized a series of products and suggested that this was all that the child needed. The mother chose not to move forward with chemo.

Here’s the bottom line: this alternative practitioner did not understand conventional therapy and was suspicious of it. He was almost secretive in describing what he was using. He eschewed the benefits of conventional therapy. ¬†This lead to the mother to cancel the chemo.

Here’s our solution to the confusion: integrative care.

Integrative care is the combination of both conventional and alternative therapies within one treatment plan. There is full disclosure by both types of practitioners. They know about each other. They understand each other’s processes and products. They agree to collaborate and not compete. They are both on the client’s team.

That’s the magic in integrative care.

It is not easy to find an expert in integrative care but that is what we are now offering at Rupert Case Management Inc. (RCM).

Our client’s case management team at RCM will co-ordinate treatment working with both conventional and alternative practitioners.

If you have any questions about integrative care, then please call us at any time.

800 620 7551.