Patient-centered care supports the active involvement of patients and their families in the
decision-making process between options for treatment. Part of this mission is to identify,
develop, and implement new practices and approaches that are found to be effective in promoting
the transformation to a patient-centered model and improved patient care. Complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM) strategies such as yoga are widely available in the private sector,
and some Veterans would like access to these strategies through the Veterans Affairs (VA)
system. Determining the state of evidence on the benefits and harms of yoga and other CAM
modalities is a priority for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
To fulfill the joint research needs of the Office of Patient Centered Care and the Field Advisory
Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and to help VA leadership determine
the most appropriate guidelines/policy for the implementation of CAM therapies within the VA,
the Evidence-based Synthesis Program Coordinating Center proposed a CAM evidence mapping
project to evaluate the existing evidence on yoga for common clinical conditions in Veterans.
Low back pain
Prevention of falls
Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder)