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Written by John Weeks   

These Design Principles were developed by a multi-disciplinary team which formed following the first Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summit, May 2000. Gary Sandman initiated the work. (The whole team is listed in the document.) Work continued as part of the now defunct Collaboration for Healthcare Renewal Foundation. The documents and statements which informed this work were gathered principally by Pamela Snider, ND, and me, as part of the preparation for development of the principles. Through former Congressional staff member, Beth Clay, a member of the team, the Design Principles were read into the Congressional Record.


DRAFT Design Principles of Healthcare
for Accelerating Personal and Health System Renewal

Provided by: Task Force from Summit 2000

Context: All


Preamble

Core principles drive the way healthcare operates and is experienced. Times of change and disturbance call us to examine, clarify and commit to renew our individual and community practices. The following set of principles emphasizes the integrative nature of optimal healthcare. Such care seeks to create health by engaging new and old approaches to health for the individual, system, community and environment. Integrative care is grounded in relationships, seeks sustainability, is energized by the unknown and crafted through continuous exploration of strategies for uniting the best of the world’s evolving practices, outcomes and traditions.

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