Women's Sleep Disorders: Integrative Care

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Frange, Cristina [UNIFESP]
Banzoli, Carolina Vicente [UNIFESP]
Colombo, Ana Elisa [UNIFESP]
Siegler, Marcele [UNIFESP]
Coelho, Glaury [UNIFESP]
Bezerra, Andreia Gomes [UNIFESP]
Csermak, Marcelo [UNIFESP]
Naufel, Maria Fernanda [UNIFESP]
Cesar-Netto, Cristiana [UNIFESP]
Batista Castelo Girao, Manoel Joao [UNIFESP]
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The integrative care model is rooted in a biopsychosocial approach. Integrative is a term which refers to increasing the harmony and coherence of your whole being, and integrative care is therefore focused on the person, not on either the disease or a therapy. It is provided collaboratively by a health team comprising physicians, psychologists, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, and meditation, nutrition, and floral therapy. Previous studies have demonstrated that interventions based on the integrative care model improved womens lifestyle and quality of life. Our aim was to describe the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) alongside traditional medicine among women with sleep conditions in our Womens Sleep Disorders Integrative Treatment Outpatient Clinic. We are sharing our experiences and clinical practice as the model we developed seems to have both physical and psychological benefits for women with sleep problems. We discuss the wide range of benefits that result from this type of complex intervention, and the contextual factors that may influence these benefits. This will inform future practitioners and we hope to contribute to quantitative research in the clinical setting The study highlights the importance of treating sleep complaints with a caring relationship and a CAM approach, alongside conventional medicine. Exploration of the lived experience of CAM and its meaning enables healthcare professionals to gain insights into the patients needs, preferences, and values. Gynecologists, clinicians, and health care providers should support and guide patients in their decision to use CAM by providing evidence-based and comprehensive advice on the potential benefits, risks and related safety issues of this approach.
Sleep Science. Amsterdam, v. 10, n. 4, p. 174-180, 2017.