About Osher Center for Integrative Health
At the Osher Center for Integrative Health, psychobiological perspectives are applied to investigate determinants of physical and mental well-being. Likewise, such perspectives are applied to optimize and complement clinical care to better meet the needs of the full patient.
The work is focused on both basic and applied knowledge with much work performed to understand mechanisms for placebo, pain and self-rated health. Development and implementation of treatment for e.g., pain, stress and common mental disorders are also central. To accomplish this, a health systems perspective is applied, including work to develop and standardize the use of patient-reported outcomes.
In integrative medicine, conventional medicine can be combined with treatments or knowledge from alternative and complementar medicine, but with high standards for scientific evidence and evaluation. At the Osher Center for Integrative Health such work is mainly related to so called "Mind-Body Medicine", for example psychological treatment to meet transdiagnostic problems that are common to patients across disorders. The center has no clinical practice of its own, but it collaborates closely with care units, especially at the Gustavsberg’s primary care center outside Stockholm.
The Osher centre has been founded through a generous donation from the The Bernard Osher Foundation and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. In addition to the center at Karolinska Institutet, there are several Osher Centres in the US, see https://www.oshercollaborative.org