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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Great strides made in research because of donor support


Anna Linck with Integrative Health Practitioner Wendy Farrar

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Five years ago, Jeffrey Dusek, PhD, left Harvard Medical System to become the first Integrative Health Research Center director at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Since then, he has overseen many research accomplishments at the Penny George Institute, culminating in 2011 with a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH grant is to study the impact of integrative and mind/body therapies on pain management for patients at Allina Health.

“This is a unique opportunity for Abbott Northwestern and the Penny George Institute to contribute to the field of integrative medicine at a national level and beyond,” says Dusek. The results of the study will be utilized by hospitals across the country. The grant launched in June 2011 and will conclude at the end of 2015.

This NIH-funded study came out of research published by Penny George Institute researchers in the Journal of Patient Safety in March 2010. That study found that non-pharmaceutical therapies relieve pain among a wide range of hospitalized patients by as much as 50 percent. This study included 1,837 patients at Abbott Northwestern who received treatments such as acupuncture, healing touch and music therapy.

In regards to the 2011 NIH grant, Dusek says, “Without the philanthropic dollars, this would not have been possible.” Gifts from generous donors have built and sustained inpatient and outpatient integrative health programs since 2003.