This article will provide you with some basic information about Functional Medicine and Integrated Health Care, what those terms mean, and where to go to learn more about them. 

What is Functional Medicine?  

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. 

Links to more information about Functional Medicine:

Institute for Functional Medicine   

Dr. Mark Hyman, Cleveland Clinic     

American Functional Medicine Association  

What is Integrated Health Care?

Integrated care, also known as integrated health, co-ordinated care, comprehensive care, seamless care, or transmural care, is a worldwide trend in health care reforms and new organizational arrangements focusing on more coordinated and integrated forms of care provision. Integrated care may be seen as a response to the fragmented delivery of health and social services being an acknowledged problem in many health systems.

Integrated care covers a complex and comprehensive field, and there are many different approaches to and definitions of the concept.  The World Health Organization (WHO) gives the following definition: "Integrated care is a concept bringing together inputs, delivery, management and organization of services related to diagnosis, treatment, care, rehabilitation and health promotion. Integration is a means to improve services in relation to access, quality, user satisfaction and efficiency."   Read more...

Links to more information about Integrated Health Care:

Integrative Wellness Council of Maine  

SAMSHA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions  

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine   
The Commonwealth Fund, Case Study on VA Integrated Health Care  

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. - See more at: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/What_is_Functional_Medicine/AboutFM/#sthash.VYO7bnaN.dpuf