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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Online Certificate Program - 60141
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Online Certificate Program

60141 l 11.00 contact hrs
by Janice Zeller, RN, PhD and Rita Canfield, RN, DNSc and Lisa Capps, RN, PhD and Patrick Downie, DC and Angela Johnson, Dipl OM, LAc, MSTOM, MPH and Joyce Keithley, RN, DNSc and Marcia Phillips, RN, DNSc and Barbara Swanson, RN, DNSc and Lucy Willis, RN, PhD
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The goal of this continuing education module is to increase nurses’ understanding of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • Describe CAM and the differences that exist between it and Western medicine
  • Identify the four broad categories of CAM
  • Discuss CAM practices, including the indications and safety considerations and contraindications of commonly used CAM therapies, and CAM practitioners, including their training and licensing
  • Explain how the evidence-based practice model is applied to CAM practice
  • Describe ways to assess a patient’s use of CAM modalities
  • Discuss an example of how one Mexican-American family uses CAM
  • Discuss how CAM therapies may be used in pain management at the end of life
  • Describe how CAM therapies may be used to help people manage stress and anxiety
  • Discuss the indications for and the safety and efficacy of common alternative diets and dietary supplements for weight loss
  • Discuss CAM therapies used to treat depressive symptoms, including their safety and efficacy
  • Describe how to conduct an assessment of a community-based population for CAM use
  • Describe how to integrate traditional medicine and CAM in community-based healthcare

Developed by CAM Education Program for Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Ill. This project was supported by Grant Number R25 AT000559 from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCCAM or the NIH.

© 2013 Rush University Medical Center. All Rights Reserved.
Editor’s note: A tremendous amount of information has been published about complementary and alternative medicine over the past 15 years. Rather than “reinvent the wheel,” we have chosen to make use of key resources by providing them as links in this certificate program. In doing so, we are challenging you to answer questions and solve problems. You may spend as much time as you like exploring the links. You can connect to a website by clicking on a highlighted phrase or URL. Links to information on the Internet change frequently. Please keep in mind that the information and links were current as of the launch of this program.



This course will be updated or discontinued on or before 5/21/2016

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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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