A practical strategy, integrative medicine puts the patient at the center of the care and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health.

Mapping the Field of Integrative Medicine

IM in America

Sponsored by The Bravewell Collaborative, Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States provides current data on the patient populations and health conditions most commonly treated with integrative strategies.

In a survey of 29 U.S. integrative medicine centers, 75 percent reported success using integrative practices to treat chronic pain and more than half reported positive results for gastrointestinal conditions, depression and anxiety, cancer and chronic stress.

“With chronic health issues costing the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion a year, it’s essential to find the most effective ways to treat and prevent the most prevalent conditions,” said Donald Abrams, MD, co-author of the report and professor of clinical medicine at the University of California San Francisco. “This report demonstrates how an integrative approach is being used to improve patient outcomes.”


To receive a copy of Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States, please send an email to info@bravewell.org, call 612.377.8400 or download it as a PDF below.



Integrative Medicine in America (1) describes the patient populations and diseases most commonly treated with integrative medicine, (2) defines the core practices and models of integrative care, (3) determines how integrative care is paid for, and (4) identifies the biggest factors driving successful implementation.

All participating centers were affiliated with hospitals, health systems and/or medical and nursing schools. Patient services include adult care (100% of those surveyed), geriatric care (97%), adolescent care (86%), OB-GYN care (72%), pediatric care (62%) and end-of-life care (66%). The interventions prescribed most frequently by practitioners in the study, usually in combination, were: food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, meditation, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, massage and pharmaceuticals. 

Findings from the report, which evaluated trends in prevention and wellness, patient outcomes, emerging norms of care and reimbursement, strongly suggest that the practice of integrative medicine offers promise for increasing the effectiveness of care and improving people’s health.

Convening of Mapping Study Participants

In March 2012 at the Sofitel in Washington, DC, The Bravewell Collaborative convened the leaders of the participating mapping study centers for a one-day discussion of best practices and to strategize what steps might be taken to further advance the adoption of integrative medicine.



Participating Integrative Medicine Centers:

  • Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine
  • Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • The Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Colorado
  • Center for Life University of New Mexico
  • Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Continuum Center for Health and Healing
  • Duke Integrative Medicine
  • 11th Street Family Services of Drexel University
  • GW Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Greenwich Hospital Integrative Medicine Program
  • Institute for Health & Healing at California Pacific Medical Center
  • Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine
  • Marino Center for Integrative Health
  • University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic
  • Integrative Medicine Center at MD Anderson Anderson Cancer Center
  • Northwestern Integrative Medicine
  • OSU Center for Integrative Medicine
  • UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Osher Clinical Center
  • Penny George Institute for Health and Healing
  • Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Simms-Mann Health and Wellness Center at Venice Family Clinic
  • Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness at Stamford Hospital
  • Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Susan Samueli Center of Integrative Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine
  • Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health

Learn  about earlier Bravewell Mapping projects