Editorial

Topics in Integrative Health Care




Topics in Integrative Health Care 2012, Vol. 3(2)   ID: 3.2001



Published on
June 28, 2012
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Topics in Integrative Health Care welcomes unsolicited manuscripts with original research, Grand Rounds, clinical briefs and “fast facts” collections. All submissions are peer-reviewed. For the September 2012 issue, we have tentatively scheduled a theme again focusing on issues in health professions training and education.

The June 2012 issue of Topics in Integrative Health Care presents articles of interest both to clinicians, particularly those caring for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to health professions educators. This issue has articles contributed by authors from many different health professions: acupuncture/Oriental medicine, chiropractic, health education, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, nursing, and osteopathy. TIHC’s new Associate Editor, Daniel Redwood, DC, has contributed an interview with John Weeks, the Executive Director of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. This in-depth interview addresses the complex issues related to the integration of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions—which have developed for the most part in isolation from one another as well as from conventional health care professions—into the health care system. Along with colleagues from several other health professions, I have contributed an article exploring the feasibility of investigating CAM and conventional health professions students’ attitudes toward interdisciplinary collaboration. Mark Pfefer, RN, MS, DC, and colleagues provide recommendations for CAM providers on recognizing addiction and medication abuse and misuse in their patients, which is especially important since CAM providers often care for patients with chronic pain. Richard Strunk, DC, MS, and colleagues also provide important information for providers of care for chronic pain patients, with their case series on benign joint hypermobility syndrome. Jordan Gliedt, DC, and Frank Scali, DC, contributed a clinical brief on another musculoskeletal-pain related condition, femoroacetabular impingement syndrome. This clinical brief is also noteworthy because it includes TIHC’s first original artwork, provided by Dr. Scali, who is a gifted medical illustrator. And finally, Stacie Salsbury, PhD, RN, has contributed this issue’s entire Fast Facts collection.
 
We invite readers to contribute clinical briefs, as well as citations for “Fast Facts,” a feature included in every issue. We also welcome concept proposals for “Grand Rounds,” in which a complex case is presented and discussants from various disciplines give their perspective on treatment.
 
We hope you will find something of interest in the journal and that you will share this with others and encourage them to use this new and valuable online resource. 


Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, CHES

Editor, Topics in Integrative Health Care

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