Naturopathic Medicine and Group Visits: A Natural Alignment

Authors

  • Leslie Solomonian Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Zeynep Uraz Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Shehab El-Hashemy National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR, USA.
  • Alan Vu Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Tori Hudson National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR, USA; Bastyr University, Seattle, WA, USA; Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54434/candj.110

Keywords:

Naturopathic practice, social determinants, behaviour change

Abstract

Group visits are a delivery mode well-suited to the principles of naturopathic medicine. Group visits are cost-effective, allowing practitioners to provide thorough lifestyle education to more participants, an important domain of both prevention and management of health concerns. The interactive nature of group visits adds unique support, motivation and learning opportunities that one-on-one appointments often cannot provide. When structured opportunities are created for reflection, peer exchange and goal setting, the likelihood of behaviour change appears to be enhanced. Group visits may also benefit practitioners, allowing for greater efficiency and reduced risk of burnout, ultimately enabling greater impact. This paper maps the alignment of group visits to naturopathic principles, highlighting benefits, risks and strategies to harness this effective approach to health care.

 

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Published

2022-06-28

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Solomonian L, Uraz Z, El-Hashemy S, Vu A, Hudson T. Naturopathic Medicine and Group Visits: A Natural Alignment. CANDJ [Internet]. 2022 Jun. 28 [cited 2022 Aug. 17];29(2):9-17. Available from: https://candjournal.ca/index.php/candj/article/view/110

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