The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) announced the release of its strategic plan, Exploring the Science of Complementary and Integrative Health, on June 3. The plan prioritizes health promotion and disease prevention and research to improve care of hard-to-manage symptoms including pain, depression and anxiety, among other objectives. The plan lists NCCIH’s Top Scientific Priorities as:
· Nonpharmacologic Management of Pain
· Neurobiological Effects and Mechanisms
· Innovative Approaches for Establishing Biological Signatures of Natural Products
· Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
· Clinical Trials Utilizing Innovative Study Designs To Assess Complementary Health Approaches and Their Integration Into Health Care
· Communications Strategies and Tools To Enhance Scientific Literacy and Understanding of Clinical Research
The mission of NCCIH is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. The new strategic plan was developed during an 18-month planning process, with input from NCCIH staff, stakeholders, and scientific advisers, as well as guidance from the broader National Institutes of Health strategic plan.