Integrating complementary and alternative medicine into medical intern teaching: preliminary findings from an Australian Hospital

Pierantozzi, A. M., Steel, A. and Seleem, M. (2013) Integrating complementary and alternative medicine into medical intern teaching: preliminary findings from an Australian Hospital. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 19 4: 237-242. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.06.002


Author Pierantozzi, A. M.
Steel, A.
Seleem, M.
Title Integrating complementary and alternative medicine into medical intern teaching: preliminary findings from an Australian Hospital
Journal name Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-3881
1873-6947
Publication date 2013-11-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.06.002
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 237
End page 242
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Globally, the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as a component of healthcare is well documented [1]. In Australia, despite escalating use of CAM [2], inclusion within medical curriculum is poorly developed. This study reports findings from a pilot-study of medical interns which examined whether the delivery of a CAM education session had impacted on their attitude, perceived knowledge and subsequent clinical practice. The results indicate that the participants' attitudes towards CAM education were positive, with 92% of participants considering it important for inclusion in junior doctor education. Post-session, participants also reported an acquisition of knowledge in relation to common interactions between CAM and conventional medical treatments and indicated a positive impact on subsequent clinical practice, specifically noting increased awareness of CAM enquiry in clinical practice. Results of this pilot study indicate that CAM and junior doctor education may have a positive impact on improving patient safety and management.
Keyword CAM
Complementary medicine
Complementary therapies
Integrative medicine
Junior doctor education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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