Responding to Patients’ Questions about Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine

Format Publication ID Version Published
Tutorial 9152 1 April 12, 2012

Description

The activities in this independent exercise and small group session have been developed to help first- and second-year medical students explore the issues that arise when communicating with patients regarding integrative medicine or complementary and alternative medicine use. These activities are designed to:

  1. Prepare students for situations in which they need to have discussions with patients regarding healing modalities about which most physicians have little or no information.
  2. Give students tools to help them communicate with patients about different health beliefs and health care models in a way that promotes a stronger doctor-patient relationship.
  3. Teach students to evaluate the quality of and synthesize information from a variety of sources to answer patient questions about IM/CAM.

Citation

Adler S, Coulter Y, Polich G, Hyland K, Chan J. Responding to Patients’ Questions about Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9152

Educational Objectives

  1. To identify and evaluate the quality of a variety of complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine information resources, including databases, printed materials, and Internet-based options.
  2. To summarize and synthesize information from a variety of sources to answer patient questions about integrative medicine and complementary and alternative medicine.
  3. To apply information about CAM in a simulated discussion with a patient (role play) about different health beliefs and health care models.
  4. To generate a strategy for situations in which they need to have discussions with patients regarding modalities or treatments for which there is insufficient or no information.

Keywords

  • Integrative, Healing Modalities, Health Beliefs

Specialty

  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Professionalism

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Psychology/Behavioral Science
    • Sociology
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Complementary/Alternative Medicine
  • Cultural Diversity/Cultural Competency

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study

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