Research: ALLEN and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

ALLEN and COLLEAGUES, Institution Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR 97207, USA. elizabeth.allen@va.gov describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of a week-long intensive EBM short course for CAM faculty at a naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine institution.

Background

Public interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has grown over the past decade, accompanied by increased demand for evidence-based approaches to CAM practice. In order to define the role evidence-based decision making has in CAM practice, CAM professionals must have a full understanding of evidence-based medicine (EBM) concepts.

Methodology

This 20-hour course, entitled Principles of EBM for CAM Professionals, teaches participants how to access and appraise biomedical literature, apply it to their work, and teach these concepts to their students.

Results

Results from pre-course and post-course evaluations suggest that, in a small group of participants, there were significant changes in EBM practice attitudes, self-appraised skills, and objectively assessed skills as a result of this course. Participants indicated they were committed to increasing their use of EBM in practice, enhancing EBM skills, using EBM in teaching, and working to change the culture at their institution to support use of EBM. At six months, 80% of participants had fully or partially followed through on their commitment to change plans.

Conclusion

References

Allen ES, Connelly EN, Morris CD, Elmer PJ and Zwickey H. A train the trainer model for integrating evidence-based medicine into a complementary and alternative medicine training program.  Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing. 7(2): 88-93. Mar-Apr 2011.

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