Thematic Structure for VHL TCIM
It groups the concepts, models, and evidence dossiers on TCIM. It includes the thematic structure and terminology used to organize the databases
Thematic Structure for the VHL MTCI, was developed by members of the MTCI Network for the Americas, taking into account the epistemological views on health, the Health Models, the glossaries of terms of international entities referring to the subject, as well as the Ministries of Health of different countries of the region. Likewise, we consulted documents, research, books and various tools, both specific to the MTCI area, and from other areas of knowledge such as sociology, medical anthropology, public health and also from the theories of systems of organization of information.
This process of broad reflection and debate allowed us to build a proposal to organize the documents in the databases, in an inclusive manner that responds to the themes of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicines, and related practices.
This macro-category includes documents of medical systems, health systems, or health models used by a town, community, or country, which obey their own cosmovision or paradigm, and have their own medical doctrine, diagnostic and treatment methods, associated to the total sum of knowledges, techniques, and procedures based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences of the different cultures.
This macro-category includes documents that are products of research or related to complementary/alternative health practices, therapies and methods used in healthcare and in preventing diseases, and which do not feature the characteristics/elements of a complex/traditional medical system. Some of these therapeutic methods may be part of a traditional or complex system.
The documents related to integrative medicine and integrative practices in health will be included in this macro-category.