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Development of a Hospital-Based Integrative Healthcare Program

Knutson, Lori BSN, RN, HN-BC; Johnson, Pamela Jo MPH, PhD; Sidebottom, Abbey MPH; Fyfe-Johnson, Amber ND

Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 2 - p 101–107
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31827f2229

Public demand for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, often referred to as integrative health (IH), continues to grow. Health systems are now pursing the integration of these therapies with conventional medical care. This article describes the development and evolution of 1 nursing-led model for the integration of CAM services in an inpatient setting and to provide lessons learned for nursing administrators or others interested in developing hospital-based IH programs.

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Author Affiliations: Executive Director (Ms Knutson), Penny George Institute for Health & Healing, Allina Health; President (Ms Knutson), Integrative Healthcare Solutions; Research Investigator (Dr Johnson), Medica Research Institute; Adjunct Assistant Professor (Dr Johnson), School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; Senior Scientific Advisor (Ms Sidebottom), Center for Healthcare Research & Innovation, Allina Health; and Research Scientist (Dr Fyfe-Johnson), Integrative Health Research Center, George Institute for Health &Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Knutson, Integrative Healthcare Solutions, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (

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