Models of care and women’s health: Drawing upon aspects of complementary and integrative medicine

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Women’s Health and Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 2019, pp. 152-166
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This chapter describes the disconnect between women's health care needs and the dominant model of health care, and explores that the role CIM can play in addressing women's unmet health care needs. It also explores the needs from a historical perspective describing the way women's health has been understood and managed in the past, and how this has been shaped by a woman's position in society at different times. The chapter examines the model of health the biomedical model currently dominating clinical decision making in most health systems across the globe. The provision of a health care system that focuses solely on patient experience, efficiency, safety and quality, population health outcomes and access, in a literal sense, is unlikely to be enough to serve the distinct needs of individuals in a given population.
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