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Complementary and Integrative Health

The Complementary and Integrative Health Evaluation Center (CIHEC) Study on Veterans' Preferences for and Use of CIH

by Rani Elwy, PhD, MSc ; Katherine Hoggatt, PhD, MPH ; Stephanie Taylor, PhD, MPH
Seminar date: 11/15/2018

Description: CIHEC, a QUERI Partnered Evaluation Initiative with the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, and its Integrative Health Coordinating Center, aims to improve Veterans' health and experiences of care through increased availability and use of evidence-based CIH approaches. The specific evaluation aims are to: 1) Improve understanding of the details of CIH provision at all VA medical facilities, 2) Advance understanding of Veterans' preference for and use of CIH, 3) Develop procedures for collecting CIH-related patient reported outcomes in clinical care settings, 4) Examine the effectiveness of CIH on Veterans' health, and 5) Enrich implementation science by comparing facilitation strategies across care settings and informing QUERI collaborative efforts to refine facilitation approaches. The aim of this first session in the 6-session CIH Cyberseminar series is to provide an overview of CIHEC's 4 main studies, and then to describe in more detail our study on Veterans' preferences for and utilization of CIH, which involved a survey of 3,200 Veterans via the VA's Veteran Insights Panel. Intended audience: Anyone interested in learning about the provision, use, effectiveness, and implementation of complementary and integrative health approaches (a key component of Whole Health), which includes health services researchers, implementation scientists, clinicians, VHA policy makers, administrators and other interested health professionals.

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