Data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey showed that about 34% of American adults and 12% of children use some form of complementary and alternative medicine. Because of consumers’ heightened interest in complementary treatments and their widening use, anecdotal efficacy and growing supportive research evidence, nursing and medical schools across the country now offer courses in CAM interventions and practices. Nurses and other healthcare professionals can expect questions from their patients about these complementary therapies, so they need to be informed and comfortable enough to discuss these unique approaches.
The goal of this continuing education program is to familiarize nurses, massage therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists with current practice uses of some of the most popular complementary and integrative healthcare modalities. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify the importance of integrating complementary and alternative medicine with conventional medicine
- List three reasons why patients seek complementary healthcare treatment
- Distinguish 10 different complementary therapies
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, massage therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists.
Massage therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider (prov no. 451980-12 from 06/08/2012 to 12/29/2014, 1183 from 09/02/2016 through 09/02/2019).
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy and Georgia Board of Massage Therapy (provider # 50-1489).
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.