Integrative Evaluation and Intervention Basics
Quotes of William Osler, MD – Co-founder of John Hopkins Hospital and Father of Modern Medicine
Actively engaging the patient/client in their healing
Level 3 of the ACIM Fellowship deals with the basics of integrative evaluation and intervention. A key component of this level is the training of the practitioner to be an active listener. As Dr. Osler so noted, it is the patient that reveals the diagnosis, providing the patient is heard. Studies today indicate that the average amount of time that a doctor listens to a patient is less than 1 minute. The dictates of modern conventional medicine are driven in a top down hierarchy starting with the government and ending with the patient. The emphasis is on money and not on the patient. Unfortunately, the patient is often not treated even though their disease process is treated, so far as the rules and regulations established by the government and 3rd party payers permit.
Listen to your patient; he is telling you the diagnosis.
The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.
There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.”
Over 100 years ago a man of great stature wrote these words as guideposts for future practitioners. Their truth rings as loudly today as it did when he wrote them. Sadly, this words no longer reflect the thought of modern conventional medicine.
Level 3 examines methods directed at the patient rather than at the disease. Studies show that a patient actively engaged in their healing often heals faster and more assuredly than a passive patient. A good and trusting relationship between the practitioner and the patient is vital to the patient’s wellbeing. Level 3 discusses these important subjects from a number of differing vantage points including:
- The art of history-taking & active listening
- The functional pediatrics’ view
- Hormonal perspective (including endocrine gland regeneration)
- Mental-emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health
- Relationship boundaries
In Level 3, the student will be exposed to these concepts:
"They don't ask you to be God but they ask for a path for healing and for hope. Help them find it."
- Seeing the patient as a whole person and not an amalgamation of organs and tissue.
- The importance of not only listening to the patient but also hearing the patient (active listening).
- Active listening creates the following in the patient:
- Rapport with the practitioner
- The art of history-taking
- Understanding and reducing the risks of future disease
- True preventative medicine
- Increasing a practitioner’s practice scope by working with self-insured companies
- Methods to increase practice revenues as part of delivering superb patient care