Innovation in healthcare requires that medical professionals, health educators, researchers, economists and healthcare consumers fundamentally change their understanding of both health and care.
Conventional approaches to medical care are about "doing things to or for" patients. The Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation at Rochester Institute of Technology proposes to explore a more balanced approach which recognizes that what people are able to do for themselves is at least an equally important component of, and investment in, their health.
Established as part of the Institute of Health Sciences & Technology, part of an alliance between RIT and the Rochester General Health Systems (RGHS), CAPS harnesses the innovation and creativity of this technology-focused university to drive the inategration of self-regulation strategies in healthcare and health education with a focus on children, adolescents and young adults.
The Center is where students, healthcare educators and professionals can engage in research and training in psychophysiological self-regulation, applying new skills, strategies and technologies to help young people better use their innate abilities to control their own physiology. The Center's work builds on mounting evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of self-regulatory practices such as meditation, hypnosis, biofeedback, and relaxation exercises. These strategies are effective and hold promise for ongoing benefit in areas where traditional therapies are inadequate or ineffective, including pain management, anxiety control, and coping with chronic diseases.
The result of the Center's efforts will be healthy children who become healthier adults. Integrating training in physiological self-regulation into each individual's healthcare will allow him or her to use less costly external healthcare interventions, changing the landscape of healthcare reimbursement. Fundamentally, including our abilities for self-regulation into healthcare redefines health as being far more than the absence of illness.