Interprofessional competencies in integrative primary healthcare

Benjamin Kligler, Audrey J. Brooks, Victoria Maizes, Elizabeth Goldblatt, Maryanna Klatt, Mary S. Koithan, Mary Jo Kreitzer, Jeannie K. Lee, Ana Marie Lopez, Hilary McClafferty, Robert Rhode, Irene Sandvold, Robert Saper, Douglas Taren, Eden Wells, Patricia Lebensohn

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In October 2014, the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH) was launched as a collaboration between the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health and Medicine and supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. A primary goal of the NCIPH is to develop a core set of integrative healthcare (IH) competencies and educational programs that will span the interprofessional primary care training and practice spectra and ultimately become a required part of primary care education. This article reports on the first phase of the NCIPH effort, which focused on the development of a shared set of competencies in IH for primary care disciplines. The process of development, refinement, and adoption of 10 "meta-competencies" through a collaborative process involving a diverse interprofessional team is described. Team members represent nursing, the primary care medicine professions, pharmacy, public health, acupuncture, naturopathy, chiropractic, nutrition, and behavioral medicine. Examples of the discipline-specific sub-competencies being developed within each of the participating professions are provided, along with initial results of an assessment of potential barriers and facilitators of adoption within each discipline. The competencies presented here will form the basis of a 45-hour online curriculum produced by the NCIPH for use in primary care training programs that will be piloted in a wide range of programs in early 2016 and then revised for wider use over the following year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalGlobal Advances In Health and Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2015


  • Integrative medicine
  • Interprofessional education
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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