Our First Task is to develop a thorough understanding of your health problems and how they affect you. In doing this, we rely upon three compatible clinical problem solving methods whose combination amounts to what we call, Systems Medicine
1. Evidence-Based Medicine
Evidence-based medicine is most succinctly defined this way:
Shared medical decision-making guided by the integration of the best relevant research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.
2. Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine takes into account the person as a whole, including all aspects of lifestyle. It places focus on the body’s own healing systems, and combines the strengths of both conventional and alternative medicine. Integrative medicine is a term used by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, and the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
3. Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine is a well-defined subspecialty of integrative medicine that translates systems biology research into results-driven methods of practice. The Institute for Functional Medicine is the leading resource for health professionals interested in the developing field known as Functional Medicine.
We do not practice the kind of medicine now taking shape under the top-down pressures of health care reform:
Park Ridge MultiMed joins a growing number of universities, hospitals, and community-based medical centers working to establish a more personalized, integrative, functional, evidence-based approach to the care of persons with chronic illness.
Intake Evaluation is designed to translate your health history into a narrative that has power to explain how your illness unfolded and what needs further evaluation. Additional laboratory investigation is pursued when warranted to support the crafting of a functional restoration care plan that is tailored to your goals.
When Lyme disease or mold toxicity are possible concerns, the intake evaluation will be geared to those conditions.Some conditions are highly complex, difficult to control, and may progress despite a systems medicine approach. Our intake visit is designed to give you a realistic appraisal of what a systems medicine approach can do for you.
Goal Setting is essential. Common goals include relieving pain and inflammation, reducing fatigue, improving sleep, balancing mood, enhancing mental clarity, normalizing bowel function, and getting back to the kind of life you want to lead. Though symptom control is welcome, our underlying goal is to help you restore and maintain functional integrity by addressing the root dynamics of your illness.
Care Planning lays out the first steps of your healing path. This plan focuses on the areas most in need of support for your bodily systems to function better as a team. Each plan is personalized and takes into account lifestyle and genetics as well as the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of your life.
The Unhurried Visit is one of the keys to our success.This process breaks down whenever a visit is rushed toward superficial completion. Ours is not a slower care – it’s deeper, results-driven care that takes aim at the root causes of your illness.
Monitoring is essential. We need to analyze your response to the care plan over time in order to make the adjustments needed to keep you moving toward your goals.
Follow-up visits are scheduled based on what you and your lab findings tell us about your progress. The duration of each visit varies from 30 to 60 minutes and is based on the complexity of your health circumstances and your rate of progress.