Empowering Physicians, Clinicians, and Organizations to Transform Their Hospice and Palliative Care Practices
Integrative Palliative Solutions provides a comprehensive integrative approach to reducing suffering in families facing serious illness, while managing clinician compassion fatigue and preventing burnout.
Improved Patient Outcomes and Enhanced Wellbeing for Your Entire Care Team
Medications and procedures are powerful, yet sometimes they aren't enough. Despite expert palliative care, some patients suffer with unresolved pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and more. The integrative approach to palliative care expands your treatment toolbox to include effective evidence-supported complementary treatment approaches that will help you to help relieve your patients' suffering.
Actively attending to your own wellbeing is a crucial component of integrative palliative care. It is baked into the fabric of the field. If you are burned out or depleted your empathy suffers, and when your empathy suffers your patients suffer too.
One of the greatest benefits of the integrative palliative care approach is the emphasis on patient and family self-efficacy. Patients who have skills to help them manage their symptoms, and their worries about those symptoms, not only suffer less, but they are less likely to request urgent visits or take a potentially unnecessary trip to the emergency department.
Mental fitness is the ability to respond to stress with a positive rather than negative mindset. For people with stressful work, like you, this skill is key. Yet, few people know how to enhance their mental fitness. Using a positive intelligence approach, we will work with your teams to increase their mental fitness. Clinicians, leaders, and team members with high mental fitness have increased productivity, improved relationships, more effective communication, and better employee retention.
More than three quarters of people with serious illness will explore complementary therapies. Providing high-quality, evidence-supported integrative palliative care will make you stand out in the market and attract patients to your practice and they will tell their friends!
Many people are passionate about integrative medicine. They may have experienced personal transformation through yoga, meditation, or guided imagery, had their pain managed with acupuncture, or increased their energy and wellbeing with Ayurveda.Those who have the financial means, are often motivated to support organizations that provide integrative approaches to care. Starting an integrative palliative program can open up brand new funding opportunities to support your hospice or palliative program.
From clinician courses that you can watch on your own time, to comprehensive and personalized integrative programs for your hospice or palliative care organization, the Integrative Palliative Institute will meet your unique needs.
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In her own practice, Dr. Chiaramonte discovered that medications alone weren't always enough. Many patients still suffered with pain, anxiety, depression, GI problems, insomnia, and tons of unrelieved stress. She found that when she added more evidence-supported, complementary treatment tools to her toolbox, her patients got better.
She taught some of her patients to meditate and use relaxation breathing. She sent others for acupuncture, massage, or myofascial treatments. She taught her patients positive psychology techniques and cognitive behavioral skills, and helped them integrate guided imagery and exercise into their lives.
As her patients practiced their wellbeing skills, Dr. Chiaramonte practiced hers too and she got as much benefit as they did!
This spurred her interest in evidence-supported integrative medicine and she spent more than a decade as Associate Director, and Director of Education, for the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Combining her love for integrative medicine and palliative medicine, she then served as Division Chief of Integrative Palliative Medicine at a Baltimore community hospital.
Dr. Chiaramonte founded the Integrative Palliative Institute to teach and support physicians, clinicians, and hospice and palliative medicine leaders who yearn for a more innovative, transformational and effective way to deliver palliative care.
As a palliative care physician, she personally experienced the fatigue and frustration that can come with caring so intensely for others, especially in a challenging healthcare environment. She is passionate about helping physicians and clinicians reconnect with the joy of practicing medicine and expand their treatment toolbox, so they can have happier patients, happier lives, and strategically differentiate their practice.
Her programs combine evidence-supported integrative symptom management with authentic wellbeing strategies, to create balanced clinicians and better patient outcomes.
Caring for people with serious illness is soul work.
Care whole-heartedly for your patients, and care whole-heartedly for yourself.
Dr. Chiaramonte is here to support you.
Jillian Rigert, DMD, MD
"(Dr. Chiaramonte) is an engaging leader and teacher, always stimulating lively discussions and leading the group to think outside the box... the course helped to inspire me to open my own integrative medicine practice! (Dr. Chiaramonte) masterfully transfers her passion for medicine to her students."
- Mollie Sourwine, MD
"This course contained information on how to continue to honor yourself as you practice in challenging areas of medicine. This is actually the most surprising and valuable thing I got from the course. The subject content was great too... but I think the self-care aspect has been a very valuable addition to my practice."
- Sarah Merritt, MD
"Taking care of patients with serious illnesses is not a one size fits all; instead, it involves thinking beyond conventional medical care and treating the whole person through the integrative palliative approach. This program does an excellent job of teaching physicians all the great benefits of integrative care to patients and themselves. I highly recommend it.”
- Angela Choi, MD
"Dr. Delia Chiaramonte is the most caring, experienced, and knowledgeable integrative and palliative medicine provider that I have been fortunate enough to work beside. Not only does she have an amazing impact on her patients, but she is one of the top educators in her field. I can honestly say that she has shaped my career in medicine, and I am so grateful to consider her a mentor."
Elyse Demers, MD
"Priceless modules that I will go back to over and over again. They are filled with so much valuable information! However the most priceless: the community of like-minded physicians who are trying to practice heart-centered healing without losing ourselves in the process, or practicing in a way that does not align with our inner path."
- Mitra Ayazifar, MD
"Dr. Chiaramonte is a gifted teacher. She engages learners through masterful storytelling to help illustrate concepts. She delivers the light bulb moment and a gem in her sessions consistently. Dr. Chiaramonte makes learning fun!"
- Terry Nguyen, MD
Tools to help you care for your patients
Skills to talk about hard things
Self-care techniques to improve your own wellbeing
Physicians, clinicians, and others interested in serious illness care will enjoy The Integrative Palliative Podcast.
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