Title

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Personal Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Occupational Therapy Educators in the United States

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2-2016

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to establish a baseline description of American occupational therapy educators knowledge, attitudes, and personal use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as a first step in exploring the larger issue of future occupational therapy practitioners preparedness for meeting clients occupational needs in today's evolving healthcare environment. Results of this cross-sectional survey highlighted limitations of occupational therapy educators knowledge of common CAM concepts and therapies across all demographic variables, varying attitudes towards CAM in general and its inclusion in occupational therapy education, and personal use of common CAM therapies. Without increased occupational therapy educator knowledge about CAM and engagement in the current healthcare practices, occupational therapy practitioners are at risk for having a limited role in integrative healthcare.

Publication Name

Occupational Therapy in Health Care

Volume Number

30

First Page

80

Last Page

94

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.3109/07380577.2014.982315

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