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The patient experience at CIH

Patients begin care in our CIH clinic with a nurse practitioner who performs an overall assessment, including a comprehensive psychosocial and medication evaluation. Based on this thorough review, the nurse practitioner will select the specific CIH services that will benefit the patient’s health and overall well-being. These services include:

Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle medicine focuses on screening, counseling, and lifestyle changes in the areas of diet, exercise, stress management, sleep hygiene, and other health behaviors. Patients who desire to implement healthier habits can work with our lifestyle medicine specialists. These providers consult with patients to determine risk factors and wellness goals, then create personalized plans to help reach those goals. Lifestyle medicine is recommended for individuals with chronic illnesses such as hypertension, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and others.

Emotional Wellness

Many chronic conditions have psychological implications. Our psychologists provide individual psychotherapy, family/couples psychotherapy, and group psychotherapy to address a range of issues that may hinder a patient’s progress. For example, counseling may be recommended for anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, or relationship conflicts. Children who struggle to comply with treatment or who exhibit disruptive behavior may also benefit from counseling.

Physical Therapy

Adults and children experiencing chronic pain, deconditioning, or loss of function from ongoing illness complicated by behavioral concerns may be referred for physical therapy. PT services include evaluation, individual exercise prescription/goal setting, manual therapy, aquatic therapy, functional strengthening, therapeutic yoga/Pilates, and set-up for home exercise or community fitness programs. Group interventions for wellness and fitness are also available.

Nutrition Counseling

Patients with complex dietary concerns may see our team’s registered dietitian for individual nutritional counseling, as well as participate in educational nutrition groups. Obesity, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and gastrointestinal disorders are examples of these more complicated conditions.

Psychiatric Medication Management

After our team’s comprehensive psychological and medical evaluation, our providers can help determine the need for psychiatric medication management and collaborate with prescribers to ensure appropriate treatment. Patients may benefit from medications to help manage depression and anxiety or to improve sleep.

Collaboration for improved outcomes

Our team holds monthly multidisciplinary staff meetings to share information and coordinate care. This integrative approach allows us to adapt treatment plans as we actively identify patient needs during team discussion. For example, a patient undergoing physical therapy following cancer treatment may exhibit signs of depression triggering a referral to counseling. Offering all our services in one location improves patient and provider accountability, provides convenient scheduling of multiple services at one time, and increases overall efficiency and effectiveness of care.