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Balancing Act: Managing the Demands of a Business & Patient Care

The practice of medicine is both an art and a science, a calling and a trade, a path and a plan. As such, medical professionals may not have the luxury of concentrating solely on healing the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—but must create a balance between patient care and the demands of running a business. This can challenge even the most business-savvy clinician. Learn how Monique Class, APRN, learned to improve her business acumen while caring for patients.

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Team-Based Care & Functional Medicine: Improving Patients’ Lives

“Health coaching is helping clinicians and physicians to transform their practice to use more of a coaching approach. It helps doctors to become more proficient and eloquent in empowering the patient,” says IFM educator Kristi Hughes, ND, who uses a health coach as part of her Functional Medicine practice in Minnesota. Watch an IFM video describing how Dr. Hughes integrated health coaches into her practice.

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New Publication Associates Functional Medicine with Improved Quality of Life

In a first-of-its-kind publication, researchers from Cleveland Clinic report that Functional Medicine care is associated with improved health-related quality of life.

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Wisdom on Working With the Underserved

Patients from underserved populations comprise a large proportion of healthcare visits. In this podcast, Sharad Kohli, MD, shares tips and techniques for helping this population

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Interview with Patrick Hanaway, MD, Winner of the 2017 Linus Pauling Award

Functional Medicine leader Patrick Hanaway, MD, is interviewed by Jeffrey Bland, PhD, in 2017 after receipt of the Linus Pauling Award.

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Patients With Multiple Diagnoses: How Functional Medicine Can Help

Certain chronic diseases are known to co-occur, often because of shared underlying risk factors like inflammation. Traditionally, researchers have focused on a single disease or disease pairs, but recent research suggests that departing from this reductionist approach toward a more integrative assessment of multimorbidities can be beneficial.

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How Dr. Kristine Burke Transitioned Into a Membership Model with the Kalish Institute’s Help

Dr. Kristine Burke shifted from a practice model based on health insurance to a membership model. This type of practice offers an alternative for clinicians wanting to spend less time on paperwork and more time with patients.

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Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed

Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed with Dan Lukaczer and Mylène Tran Huhn, a pain treatment specialist.

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Improve Patient Compliance & Outcomes With Health Coaching

One strategy to improve the patient-provider relationship is by utilizing health coaching. The role of health coaches is to listen to and guide patients through a change process. Coaches set expectations, provide feedback, and help clients identify challenges along the way.

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Using Health Coaches in a Clinical Setting

We all know how time consuming it can be to establish and follow through on a plan to eliminate bad habits and engage in better nutrition and exercise—let alone manage condition-specific symptoms. Patients require education, encouragement, and accountability in order to stay well. That’s where health coaching comes in.

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How to Utilize Health Coaches in a Functional Medicine Practice

In an IFM video, Connie Arispe, MD, talks about her experience using a health coach in her Functional Medicine practice. This team-based approach helps patients focus on improving physiological, behavioral, psychological, and social outcomes.

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Go Behind the Curtain of a Successful Functional Medicine Practice

One of the biggest challenges in starting a Functional Medicine practice may be envisioning what success will look like once it is up and running. However, there is a way to get a look inside a successful Functional Medicine practice and have your practice setup questions answered without even leaving your office.

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