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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

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The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine's goal is to contribute rigorous scientific research on the integration of complementary and alternative therapies with conventional medicine. We are delighted to collaborate with others on clinical outcomes research. Our graduates form a uniquely trained and broad network amongst whom outcomes research projects can be completed.

Why IM? | Educational Research | Methodological Research

Why IM Research?

Much of conventional medical research focuses on subsystems of the body. Integrative medical research is interested in whole systems and uses complexity science and whole systems approaches to study complex packages of care.

Most research efforts nationwide apply reductionism to CAM research, an approach that may not answer broader questions regarding integrative models of care or the nature of healing. Researching a single intervention or an aspect of an intervention taken out of context may not provide an adequate test of the value of the intervention. Modalities that do not fit neatly into the current research paradigm are at risk for being marginalized without appropriate methods for studying them.