“I think we realize that we just need some more resources, that the model of care has evolved. We need to look at the whole person and in order to do that we need more choices. We need more aspects of care that maybe 10, 20, 30 years ago seemed a little out there or not well researched,” Davila said, “but the research is showing that this is beneficial and with the way things are going, we can do a lot of good for our patients without medication.”
Davila said the alternate treatments not only address the symptoms of combat trauma but also ease the transition back into day-to-day life.
“I’ve heard from multiple sources that they need alternatives to their care,” she said. “Whether you’re a nurse, a physician, whatever it may be, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t focused on the patient, and patient-centered care is basically just putting the veteran at the center of their care, finding out what their values are, what matters to them, what they want.”