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Functional Medicine and the Importance of Team-Based Care

While it’s fairly common knowledge that a major aspect of good health is diet, how can clinicians help their patients embrace dietary changes and maintain them for the long-term? Many Functional Medicine clinicians are transitioning to team-based care with the integration of health coaches to help patients with sustainable lifestyle change.

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How LivingMatrix Can Help Improve Your Practice

LivingMatrix, a cloud-based, clinician-designed Functional Medicine platform, allows you to evaluate patients, create personalized, actionable care plans, and track health outcomes over time.

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Clinical Spotlight: David Brady, ND, & Group Practice Settings

This IFM “Clinical Spotlight” showcases David Brady, ND, who describes what it’s like to practice Functional Medicine in a group clinical practice. “I think, in the IFM paradigm, it’s essential to get to know that patient; to connect with them and to really get a detailed history on where it all started,” says Dr. Brady. “So I will learn the antecedents and triggers, and all parts of their chronic disease process.”

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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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