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Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Abstract

The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies. This class is offered for 2 hours or 4 hours. Both classes will include lecture, discussion, and hands-on training.

Objectives

  • Have knowledge of the definition and types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).
  • Have greater knowledge of the history of CAM and its impact on medical practice.
  • Have greater understanding of usage of CAM.
  • Increase confidence in evaluating health websites.
  • Increase skills in avoiding “bad science” found on the Internet or in the news.
  • Become more proficient in searching for evidence of the effectiveness of CAM.

Course Materials

Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 2 or 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be delivered through the mail at a later date.

Update Author

Dana Abbey, Community Engagement Coordinator, NN/LM MidContinental Region

Original Authors

Michelle Malizia, former Associate Director, NN/LM South Central Region

Karen Vargas, Evaluation Specialist, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Instructor(s):
Dana Abbey, Colorado/Community Engagement Coordinator
Ashley Cuffia, Consumer Health Coordinator
Kelli Ham, Consumer Health Librarian
Barbara Jones, Missouri/Library Engagement Coordinator
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education:
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

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