The growing acceptance and integration of complementary and alternative medicine with traditional medicine is likewise being reflected in the diversity of professionals populating interdisciplinary health care teams. This phenomenon offers the promise for more effective patient care but may also be problematic and require some cultural adjustment.

To prepare:

For this Discussion, consider the health issue that you are covering in your Team Project (I am covering the part as the physical therapist on the boy…..this is the case study:  

**Daniel is a 9 year old child who’s family are farmers. His father, brother and Grandfather manage a family business and Daniel loves to help his dad n the farm. He is rambunctious and is treated for ADHD. He is a wild kid that everyone loves. HE can actually drive a tractor by himself and works on the farm.

He was helping his father in the fields when he fell off the tractor and incurred a laceration and fracture to his right leg when a “disc” (used to plow fields) ran over his right leg.

During his hospitalization his leg required surgical repair and debridement and a prolonged stay because of osteomyelitis (bone infection).

He is scheduled to be discharged home. He will be discharged home with a indwelling IV line for IV antibiotic care of the bone infection.)

Search for an article related to your group health issue that incorporates complementary medicine as a method for treating the health issue. For example:

Deng, G., Frenkel, M., Cohen, L., Cassileth, B., Abrams, D., Capodice, J., . . .Sagar, S. (2009). Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for integrative oncology: Complementary therapies and botanicals. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, 7(3), 85-120. Retrieved from

Post a summary of the article then post a comprehensive response to the following:

  • What are the benefits of using this approach in conjunction with traditional approaches?



Freshman, B., Rubino, L., & Reid Chassiakos, Y. (Eds.). (2010). Collaboration across disciplines in health care. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Chapter 9, “Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Healthcare Perspectives”
Increasingly, nontraditional medical practices and treatments are finding their way into “mainstream” medicine. This chapter surveys factors behind the integration of traditional and alternative approaches and the cultural, political, and economic issues that are shaping the way these formerly disparate worlds are merging.

Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. (2009). About us. Retrieved from h

The mission of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine is “to advance the principles and practices of integrative health care within academic institutions.” Explore the website and click on the “Members” tab on the left side of the home page to find a CAM center in your state.

Deng, G., Frenkel, M., Cohen, L., Cassileth, B., Abrams, D., Capodice, J., . . . Sagar, S. (2009). Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for integrative oncology: Complementary therapies and botanicals. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, 7(3), 85-120.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Read the “Executive Summary” section on pages 85-87. Then read the “Conclusions” and “Summary of Recommendations” sections on pages 106-108.

Integrative oncology is the practice of addressing difficult health needs of cancer patients using conventional therapies as well as an array of alternative therapies that have been demonstrated to improve patients’ quality of life in evidence-based studies. This paper presents guidelines for physicians on how to most effectively integrate these therapies in caring for their patients and to identify which therapies might be most useful in specific situations.

Kellehear, A. (2003). Complementary medicine: Is it more acceptable in palliative care practice? The Medical Journal of Australia, 179 (6 Suppl), 46–48. Retrieved from

Palliative care is treatment that relieves pain or suffering caused by a disease or condition without curing it. This paper argues that the inherent interdisciplinary quality of palliative care provides a model and guide for the use of complementary therapies in other areas of medical practice, and demonstrates the potential for mediating the cultural differences between traditional and complementary approaches to care.




What do you think is the best course for health policy to follow in the future?

You have spent much of the last 5 weeks examining how others have created the current state of health care policy. In this final Discussion, you will assume the role of policy maker.

To prepare for this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources. Give particular consideration to the course text “Epilogue” and its depiction of the direction of health care policy and practice.

Create a health care policy that you would like to put into place.

Post a summary of the article then post a comprehensive response to the following:

  • Summarize your policy.
  • What are the goals of your policy?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • How would you develop the policy?
  • Who will be affected by the policy?
  • What are some barriers and facilitators to its successful implementation?

Note:Initial postings must be 250–350 words (not including references).



Health Politics, Policy, and Practice
Chapter 2, Markets and PoliticsIn this chapter on health economics, the author examines the question of how you balance the needs and power of the health care market and the government.
Chapter 3, “Morals and Health Policy”What role does morality play in health care policy? This chapter considers how moral ideas can shape health policy.
Chapter 7, “AIDS”Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a terrifying disease with as much of a political history as a medical one. This chapter looks at the controversial politics and policies of treatment, service delivery, and prevention.
Chapter 8, “The Elderly: Health Politics Beyond AgingSenior citizens are the fastest growing portion of the population. As a group, the elderly are also the largest consumers of health care services. This chapter explains the current state of affairs of politics, policy, and our senior citizens. It is against this backdrop that the political debate between conservatives and liberals about how the future of our health system should be structured is taking place.
EpilogueThe epilogue considers three issues that will shape the future of health politics and policy in the coming century: abortion, death and dying, and national health insurance.


AcademyHealth is a membership organization dedicated to improving health care by facilitating interactions amongst the broad spectrum of health policy stakeholders

Optional Resources

Health Politics, Policy, and Practice
Chapter 8, “The Elderly: Health Politics Beyond Aging” (pp. 394–411)

Bernstein, A. B., Hing, E., Moss, A. J., Allen, K. F., Siller, A. B., & Tiggle, R. B. (2003). Health care in America: trends in utilization. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved from 

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