BraveNet PRIMIER Leadership

Investigator: Donald Abrams, MD
Sponsor: Bravewell Collaborative

Location(s): United States


Under the guidance of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, which serves as the Coordinating Center, BraveNet consists of the ten member clinics — Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine, Continuum Center for Health and Healing, Duke Integrative Medicine, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine, Northwestern Integrative Medicine, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Integrative Medicine Program at Venice Clinic.

Designed to reveal what types of patients seek services at integrative medicine clinics and what problems these patients wish to solve, BraveNet's first study involved approximately 4000 patients — was completed in 2008.  The study — Patients Seek Integrative Medicine for Preventive Approach to Optimize Health — was published in the November/December 2012 issue of EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing.  A second study, SIMTAP, focused on integrative medicine treatments and approaches to chronic pain was completed in 2012.  The manuscript — The BraveNet Perspective Observational Study on Integrative Medicine Treatment Approaches for Pain — was published in 2013 in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.