Title

Curricular Inclusion of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Content in Occupational Therapy Education in the United States

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2016

Abstract

An exploratory, cross-sectional survey design was used to explore the extent to which CAM was included, what factors impacted its inclusion, topics and student learning outcomes covered, who taught the material, and what sources were used to prepare for delivering course content. While the vast majority of responding occupational therapy educators reported curricular inclusion of CAM, educational experiences for occupational therapy students varied widely. This overview of the curricular inclusion of CAM by faculty in occupational therapy programs in the United States indicated that many occupational therapy educators are responding to the demands of a more integrative healthcare system. Resolving ethical and pragmatic issues, providing faculty development opportunities, and standardizing student learning outcomes would align all stakeholders and mitigate ambiguities that currently exist surrounding the inclusion of CAM in occupational therapy education.

Publication Name

Occupational Therapy in Health Care

Volume Number

30

First Page

373

Last Page

387

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1080/07380577.2016.1192312

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