Functional Medicine is a model of health care that identifies and addresses underlying causes of disease and chronic health problems. It lends itself to a partnership between patients and their health care practitioner. This approach is a shift from the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach. Significant time is spent with patients reviewing their detailed history. The goal is to make connections between the various factors that may contribute to their health problems.
Acute Care Medicine is by far the best in providing immediate care to individuals who have sustained a traumatic injury, have an acute infection, or are experiencing a heart attack. However, the acute care approach is not designed to identify or manage root causes of chronic health problems. This is necessary for individuals to begin a path towards regaining and maintaining their health.