Relevance of Quality Measurement to Integrative Healthcare in the United States

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Nov;22(11):853-858. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0173. Epub 2016 Sep 23.


With the advent of new models for payment and delivery of healthcare services, the use of quality measures for continual improvement of clinical healthcare is now an integral feature of medical practice in the United States. However, quality measurement and quality improvement activities are not common practice among integrative health providers. This article discusses the import and application of quality measurement to the practice of integrative healthcare. It reviews developments in the healthcare quality improvement movement, explores the relevance of quality measures to integrative healthcare, describes examples of the current use of quality measures in integrative health practice, discusses discriminatory policies that may prevent participation in quality improvement by integrative health practitioners, and makes recommendations for practice and policy.

Keywords: integrative medicine; quality improvement; quality indicators.

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Humans
  • Integrative Medicine*
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care*
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • United States