Integrating complementary and alternative medicine education into the pharmacy curriculum

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Title Integrating complementary and alternative medicine education into the pharmacy curriculum
Author Tiralongo, Evelin; Wallis, Marianne
Journal Name American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Editor Prof. Joseph T. DiPiro, PharmD
Year Published 2008
Place of publication US
Publisher American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Abstract Objectives. To evaluate the effectiveness of an integrated approach to the teaching of evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in a pharmacy curriculum. Design. Evidence-based CAM education was integrated throughout the third, fourth, and fifth years of the pharmacy curriculum. Specifically, an introductory module focusing on CAM familiarization was added in the third year and integrated, evidence-based teaching related to CAM was incorporated into clinical topics through lectures and clinical case studies in the fourth and fifth years. Assessment. Students' self-assessed and actual CAM knowledge increased, as did their use of evidence- based CAM resources. However, only 30% of the fourth-year students felt they had learned enough about CAM. Students preferred having CAM teaching integrated into the curriculum beginning in the first year rather than waiting until later in their education. Conclusion. CAM education integrated over several years of study increases students' knowledge and application.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.5688/aj720474
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 72
Issue Number 4
Page from 1
Page to 9
ISSN 0002-9459
Date Accessioned 2009-03-30
Date Available 2011-10-18T07:25:59Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Molecular Basis of Disease
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Education; Pharmaceutical Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/23292
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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