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A Systems Approach to Integrative Medicine Research

Dr. Roberto Vargas introduces the systems approach to research in integrative medicine.


Medical research commonly used for Western medicine favors the disease-based reductionist model, while most Integrative Medicine modalities, including traditional Chinese medicine, emphasize wellness, individuality, self-healing, and mind-body interaction. As the study and practice of Integrative Medicine expands, new models of research have emerged to take into account this holistic and patient-centered approach of integrative medicine.

Roberto Vargas, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Associate Natural Scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has partnered with the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine in the development of a research program to conduct health services research and outcome studies in integrative medicine.


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