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“Research must be more inclusive and participatory, involving not only consumers but also other stakeholders in understanding and interpreting research, in disseminating and applying research findings, and in planning, conducting, and evaluating research.”
Federal Register, August 20, 1999

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A family leader and physician collaborate on a patient safety research project.


The literature related to patient- and family-centered care in health care is rich with case studies, project descriptions, guidelines, reviews and commentary. Yet, rigorous research exploring promising practices and outcomes is needed. Recently, there has been an encouraging increase in studies in areas such as newborn intensive care, self-management of chronic illness, and end-of-life care, all of which demonstrate the value of patient- and family-centered care. With the current focus in health care on enhancing quality and safety and increasing evidence-based practice, we are at an ideal time to engage in systematic evaluation and research in order to identify adequate measurements, practices, and outcomes. We fully support developing models for collaborative research initiatives -- across disciplines and with patients and families.

Samueli Institute - a Non-Profit Scientific Research Organization

Samueli Institute

The Samueli Institute, a non-profit scientific research organization founded in 2001, focuses on complementary and integrative medicine, optimal healing environments, brain-mind and healing, and military medical research.

The mission of the Samueli Institute is "to transform health care through the scientific exploration of healing." The Samueli Institute envisions "a world in which healing processes are the formative concept for achieving and maintaining wellness and ameliorating chronic disease." Therefore, it investigates healing processes and their applications in promoting health and wellness, preventing illness, and treating disease.

The Samueli Institute is committed to rigorous scientific exploration of healing through the use of clinical, basic, and health services research that may find new ways to use less invasive procedures and fewer pharmaceutical drugs in health care. The research may also provide new technologies, tools, and options for policy-makers, patients, and health care providers.

The Samueli Institute is rapidly becoming one of the best-known research organizations in the country for the management of research on complementary and integrative medicine for military applications. Areas of research include non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical methods for enhancing performance, managing pain, and reducing stress disorders for service members and their families, and veterans.

Since 2001, the Samueli Institute has funded approximately 90 research projects at more than 30 universities and institutions around the world, and has produced more than 275 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 15 books, 57 book chapters, 257 presentations and 11 proceedings of 17 scientific conferences.

The Institute is one of a few organizations in the nation with a track record in complementary and integrative medicine, healing relationships, and military medical research.

The Samueli Institute is based in Alexandria, Virginia, and has a satellite office in Corona del Mar, California.

Visit the Samueli Institute's website at to learn more about the Samueli Institute and its three focus areas:

  • Optimal Healing Environments
  • Center for Research on Integrative Medicine in the Military (CRIMM)
  • Brain~Mind & Healing