Pediatric integrative medicine: Vision for the future

Anna Esparham, Sanghamitra M. Misra, Erica Sibinga, Timothy Culbert, Kathi Kemper, Hilary McClafferty, Sunita Vohra, Lawrence Rosen

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Pediatric integrative medicine (PIM) is of significant interest to patients, with 12% of the general pediatric population and up to 80% of children with chronic conditions using PIM approaches. The field of PIM has evolved over the past 25 years, approaching child health with a number of guiding principles: preventive, context-centered, relationship-based, personalized, participatory, and ecologically sustainable. This manuscript reviews important time points for the field of PIM and reports on a series of meetings of PIM leaders, aimed at assessing the state of the field and planning for its future. Efforts in the first decade of the 2000s led to increased visibility in academic and professional pediatric organizations and through international listservs, designed to link those interested in and practicing PIM, all of which continue to flourish. The PIM leadership summits in recent years resulted in specific goals to advance PIM further in the following key areas: research, clinical practice, professional education, patient and family education, and advocacy and partnerships. Additionally, goals were developed for greater expansion of PIM professional education, broader support for pediatric PIM research, and an expanded role for PIM approaches in the provision of pediatric care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Advocacy
  • Clinical practice
  • Complementary therapies
  • Education
  • Pediatric integrative medicine
  • Vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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