The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is working to stimulate a collaborative research environment in which the Osher Center is a leader in identifying the integrative medicine educational needs of healthcare providers and their patients. Our goal is to engage in research which will identify and inform best practices to help regional providers initiate and sustain integrative medicine, and to broadly disseminate that knowledge. The Osher Center draws upon the experience and skills of seasoned researchers in the Department of Family Medicine and the School of Nursing, as well as from disciplines across the University of Washington, institutions within our region, and among the Osher Collaborative.
Currently the Osher Center is partnering with the WWAMI Region Practice and Research Network (WPRN) on a research project entitled “What is needed to promote integrative health in clinical care? Perspectives of primary care providers in the WWAMI Region.” THE WPRN is comprised of clinical practices in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The mission of the WPRN is “to improve the health and well-being of patients in their communities, through the conduct of collaborative research that informs and enhances primary care clinical practice.” This study will attempt to determine what information/knowledge primary care providers need to encourage integrative practices throughout the region. Cynthia Price, PhD, LMT, is leading the project for the Osher Center.