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Deadline for Manuscript Submission:
August 31, 2020


Call for Papers

Special Focus Issue on Effectiveness, Implementation, and Dissemination Research in Integrative Health

Guest Editors:

 A. Rani Elwy

A. Rani Elwy, PhD
Associate Professor, and Director, Implementation Science Core
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University; and
VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research


 Jeffrey Dusek

Jeffrey Dusek, PhD
Director of Research, University Hospitals
Connor Integrative Health Network
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
and Community Health, Case Western Reserve University


 Stephanie L. Taylor

Stephanie L. Taylor, PhD, MPH
Director, QUERI Complementary and Integrative Health Evaluation Center
Veteran’s Administration; Adjunct Associate Professor,
Department of Health Policy and
Management, UCLA

Special Issue Advisory Team:

Brian Berman, MD
President/Founder, Institute of Integrative Health; Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Linda E. Carlson, PhD, RPsych
Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology Professor, Department of Oncology, Cumming School, of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dave Clark, DrPH
Program Director, Extramural Research, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH

Lynn DeBar, PhD, MPH
Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD
Professor, Duke University Medical School
Chair, Board of Governors, Patient-Centers Outcomes Research Institute

Patricia Herman, ND, PhD, MS
Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist RAND Corporation

Donald Douglas McGeary, MD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry University of Texas Health Sciences

Research Director, Bellin College

Amie Steel, ND, PhD
Complementary and Alternative Medicine University of Technology, Sydney

Claudia Witt, MD, MBA
Vice Dean for Interprofessionalism, University of Zurich; Professor and Chair, Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine; University Hospital Zurich and University Zurich, Switzerland

Stephen Zeliadt, PhD, MPH
Research Professor Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington; Veteran’s Administration Health Services Research and Development

Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH
Research Associate Professor Co-director, Integrative Family Medicine University of Michigan Medical School

Manuscript submission due date extended: August 31, 2020

The importance of real world research to help the public, academics, decision makers, and other stakeholders understand the optimal uses of complementary and integrative health practices and practitioners has never been as critical as it is today. The crisis in treatment of people with chronic pain, and the high levels of public use, drives interest in non-pharmacologic approaches to pain and symptom management. Putting patients at the center of research and dissemination can drive practical models. Meanwhile, the WHO’s Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine initiative urges member nations to determine how these approaches can be useful in meeting the WHO goal of universal health care. In fact, this priority is enshrined in the mandate that established the USA’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): “ … study the integration of alternative treatment, diagnostic and prevention systems, modalities, and disciplines with the practice of conventional medicine as a complement to such medicine and into health care delivery systems.” Decision makers need to know what interventions are effective and how to disseminate and sustainably implement evidence-based integrative health practices.

JACM: Paradigm, Practice and Policy Advancing Integrative Health (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine) will publish a Special Focus Issue on Effectiveness, Implementation, and Dissemination Research in Integrative Health. The goal of the Special Issue is to provide an enduring volume that will both aggregate the best of such research while also educating and prompting the field toward more robust engagement with implementation science and other forms of research that can guide new care models.

Guiding the special issue are guest editors Rani Elwy, PhD, Jeffery Dusek, PhD and Stephanie L. Taylor, PhD. Drs. Elwy and Taylor are implementation scientists who are leaders in the foundational efforts of the US Veteran’s Administration to transform that agency into a “whole health” model that appropriately partners with integrative practices and practitioners. As such, Elwy and Taylor are in the thick of one the globe’s most intentional efforts to implement new forms of integrative care. Dusek’s background includes a decade and a half directing research dedicated to integrative strategies inside private not for profit health systems. Currently at the University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network, Dusek also continues to lead a practice-based research network of integrative academic health centers that are collaborating in similar, practical objectives.

Timeliness with the NCCIH: JACM interest in developing this Special Focus Issue coincides with activity at the NIH NCCIH relative to implementation science. We are pleased and honored to have NCCIH implementation science leader Dave Clark, DrPH on the Special Issue Advisory Team.

We invite your submissions! We are seeking original research and reviews in these areas: effectiveness research on integrative practices, dissemination and implementation articles, cost and business models issues, and education research. If you have ideas that you believe would be solid additions but are not explicitly called out here, please send us a query.

Manuscript submission due date extended: August 31, 2020. When submitting your paper, please select the “Special Issue Effectiveness, Implementation and Dissemination Research in Integrative Health” manuscript category to ensure it is considered for this special issue. Original manuscripts should be no longer than 3,000 words, and Systematic Reviews should be no longer than 4,500 words. Title, abstract, acknowledgments, disclosures, references, and figure/table legends do not count toward the word limit.

Additional feature: As an additional feature in this JACM Special Focus Issue, we urge your submission of a 500-word commentary to reflect on next steps for integrative palliative care: controversies; unusual experiences (not case reports); models of care; educational models; etc. We will select from those submitted a set that will be published together to capture the challenges and opportunities for this moment for the field.

If you have questions in this area, or ideas for other submissions that might strengthen the value of this special issue, please feel free to query us via Editor-in-Chief John Weeks.

Thanks to generous grants from the Institute for Integrative Health and the George Family Foundation, all articles published in this issue will be open access.



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Deadline for Manuscript Submission:
August 31, 2020