A challenge in complementary and integrative health is examining the effectiveness of approaches that have not been tested through formal research. VA researchers are conducting studies to determine which approaches are truly safe and effective. This information can help clinicians and patients make informed decisions about treatment options when creating Personal Health Plans.
The September 2020 Medical Care Supplement titled “The Implementation of Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies in the Veterans Health Administration,” includes 11 papers and commentaries on VA’s progress in implementing and evaluating the impact of CIH approaches on Veterans. This special issue documents progress toward implementing CIH approaches throughout the VA healthcare system as part of the VA’ transformation to a Whole Health System of care that empowers and equips both Veterans and VA staff members to take charge of their health and live their life to the fullest. Various OPCC&CT staff along with field partners contributed to the research and commentaries. Read the special supplement here now.