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Table 1 Descriptions of core components of IHC

From: Integrative health care – What are the relevant health outcomes from a practice perspective? A survey

Component Description
1) Whole person care/holistic The person being treated is regarded as an integrated combination of multiple dimensions, which include the physical body, the mind, the spiritual element of one’s beliefs, and context (social/relationships, environment)
2) Personalized or individualized care Treatment is specifically tailored to address the patient’s unique constitution and needs
3) Patient centeredness Patient is directly involved in the decision making process regarding their care and treatment options
4) Wellness Emphasis or focus is placed on enhancing and supporting health and well-being and preventing disease.