Functional Medicine recognizes that illness does not occur in isolation, and the IFM Matrix helps clinicians to examine the body systems, symptoms, and risk factors associated with a specific condition. The matrix provides an outline for the clinician to organize the patient’s clinical imbalances in the following biological systems, called nodes: defense and repair, energy, biotransformation and elimination, transport, communication, structural integrity, and assimilation.
The left section of the matrix is useful in retelling the patient’s story, by tracking antecedents, triggering events, and mediators/perpetuators. The bottom of the matrix details lifestyle factors like sleep and relaxation, exercise and movement, nutrition and hydration, stress and resilience, and relationships and networks.
As a whole, the Functional Medicine Matrix assists the clinician in organizing and prioritizing each patient’s health issues as elicited by a thorough personal, family, social, and medical history. The matrix is a tool for organizing what seem to be disparate issues into a complete story to help the clinician gain a comprehensive perspective of the patient, and subsequently facilitate discussion of complex, chronic disease.
IFM members gain access to the matrix and many other clinical resources as part of the IFM Clinical Toolkit—an exclusive benefit of IFM membership. Non-IFM members may receive temporary toolkit access for the duration of selected courses, including AFMCP and APMs.
As a member, how do I access the IFM Toolkit?
- Log in to the IFM website using your email address and password.
- Select “My Toolkit” from the menu on the left. Note: The link will only appear if your membership is current. If you do not see the link, check your membership status from the “My Certification & Membership” tab on the left.
- If you would like to search, click “View” next to “Search All Toolkit Resources A-Z.”
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