Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Even on a collaborative, co-located team, designers won’t be involved in all UX decisions. Ultimately, engineers will make design-related choices every day as they construct the product. So, a great way to improve the quality of the product is to increase the design literacy of the engineering team. Designers need to expose developers to and create a shared understanding of design principles. This goal can be achieved via any number of informal methods—from giving lunchtime tech talks to actively discussing design decisions to creating a design resource library. A tech talk at lunch can be accompanied by a lightweight presentation or a group discussion about a targeted design topic. While it’s great to have a design reference library, it’s not necessary to have a dedicated reading area. You might just buy some books to leave in the team’s shared space.