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Functional Medicine Practices, Opportunities, Challenges, and Emerging Trends


2016 Survey of Functional Medicine Practices

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The first survey of Functional Medicine practices ever performed, examining practice patterns and models, product/service usage, income, and attitudes.

The survey was deployed in November 2015 and collected more than 1,000 responses. The findings in this 43-page report represent an important step toward better understanding how Functional Medicine is applied in clinical practice. The survey was designed to explore the experiences, implementation methods, technology platforms, and business insights of practitioners in the field, with the goal of identifying and publishing current and best practices in Functional Medicine.

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Sample Insights

  • 71% of first-time Functional Medicine patient visits last 60–120 minutes, compared with an average conventional primary care visit time of 15 minutes or less.
  • 99% of Functional Medicine practitioners recommend nutritional supplements to their patients.
  • 66% of Functional Medicine practitioners currently offer educational seminars, or hope to offer training models to their patients within the next 12 months.
  • Contrary to burnout trends among physicians, 43% of physicians practicing Functional Medicine plan to work into their 70s, indicating higher job satisfaction.
  • Functional Medicine practitioners reported increased use of advanced lab testing and a preference for electronic medical records, among other practice information that may be of use to practitioners considering Functional Medicine.

Delivery and Expiration

  • This Research Study will be delivered electronically to your online account immediately upon purchase.
  • The report is delivered as a PDF.
  • Content will expire 1 year from the date of purchase.
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