The faculty of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions has established the Center for Integrative Healthcare Research to foster university-wide research ideas on the use of complementary and alternative therapies in healthcare. Faculty involved in this school-level center will explore the effects of complementary and alternative therapies used to prevent and alleviate health problems and the biochemical and physiological mechanisms of how these therapies work. The fastest growing sector in healthcare, complementary and alternative medicine includes dietary supplements, herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage, and multiple other non-pharmacologic treatments routinely used by more than 38% of the U.S. population. In order to provide person-centered care, health care practitioners need to fully understand both traditional and non-traditional therapies patients may use for health problems or to promote health. Learn more about this new center here.