Kreitzer Makes the Case for Integrative Health Care

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A recent conference sponsored by US News & World Report was dedicated to the "Healthcare of Tomorrow," with a focus on integrative health. According to a related article, "As health care systems work to transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, some are finding that keeping people healthy may be more cost effective that simply treating symptoms." Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing (CSH) at the University of Minnesota, was among the featured speakers. She noted, "There is both a business case and a clinical case for adopting a more-holistic approach to health care. At hospitals and health care centers across the country, aromatherapy and acupressure, for example, are being used to better nausea. Mind-body interventions are being used to help patients relax. And hospitals now are being highly incentivized to use non-pharmaceutical approaches for pain management." CSH, a Consortium member, has pioneered evidence-based approaches to what is sometimes called alternative medicine, with more than 80 researchers representing the world’s diverse healing traditions and an array of scientific disciplines.