Expanding the Lifestyle Medicine Inpatient Consultation Services at Loma Linda University Health: A Transformative Tool for Chronic Diseases Management in Tertiary Care Settings

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Am J Lifestyle Med. 2023 Apr 27;17(5):686-689. doi: 10.1177/15598276231172172. eCollection 2023 Sep-Oct.


Lifestyle Medicine (LM) is an emerging field dedicated to the prevention, management, and reversal of chronic diseases by promoting healthy lifestyle choices. LM utilizes six pillars targeting the root causes of diseases to promote health, improve clinical outcomes and significantly enhance overall quality of life. They include plant-based nutrition, physical activity, sleep health, tobacco cessation/managing risky alcohol use, and spiritual/emotional well-being. LM holds great promise as an evidence-based solution for the rising rates of chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), a pioneer of LM, has successfully implemented a phased expansion of its novel LM inpatient consultation services to positively impact the trajectory of morbidity and mortality among patients with chronic conditions and/risk factors admitted to the hospital. This was achieved by boosting awareness, hiring LM-trained providers to meet growing demand, and making consultations accessible hospital-wide. The service has been very well received and saw a 50-fold increase in consultations between 2016 and 2022. It is also reimbursed by all major insurers. LLUH's experience shows that establishing and growing an inpatient LM consultation service is a viable clinical and cost-effective chronic care model that can be utilized in a tertiary care setting.

PMID:37711354 | PMC:PMC10498985 | DOI:10.1177/15598276231172172

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