The explosive growth of Integrative Medicine has brought both opportunities and challenges to patients and consumers. Patients are confronted with a bewildering and growing array of promises and claims. This presents a unique challenge to physicians and other health care professionals tasked with helping their patients make informed health care decisions. Researchers and clinicians from Mayo Clinic offer this course to provide learners with a general working knowledge of Integrative Medicine; familiarity with some of the most common therapies; and most importantly, practical application of these therapies to patients with relevant diseases and conditions.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Recall historical and current use of Integrative Medicine practices in the U.S.
- Synthesize existing scientific evidence regarding safe and practical applications of Integrative Medicine therapies for integration into conventional care
- Recognize underlying principles to promote communication with patients (and their families).
- Review Integrative Medicine in their clinical practice
- Specify non-pharmacologic approaches to pain management
This course is designed for practicing physicians, residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other members of the health care team who work with patients using or interested in using integrative medicine therapies.