Made possible by a grant from the Adolph Coors Foundation and a partnership with Maricopa County, the three-year Integrative Medicine Primary Care Trial (IMPACT) will compare outcomes for patients (primarily employees of Maricopa County) treated using integrative care with similar patients treated solely using conventional medical care. Outcomes will be used to inform the discussion on the value of integrative primary care, for both patients and employers, with the goal of influencing health care policy.
Because outcome measurement is essential, methods currently being considered are grouped in the following domains. The Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomics (HOPE) Center has joined with AzCIM in this effort and provides additional technical and analytic support for the study.
The establishment of the partnership with Maricopa County and the award of the Adolph Coors Foundation grant gave impetus to launch the University of Arizona Integrative Health Center in Phoenix in 2012. The grant received is used only for the study and not to establish or operate the clinic.