Physical Therapy and CAM: An Educational Tool for Enhancing Integration

HSS Journal


C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD

Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Professor of Clinical Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College
Co-Medical Director, Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury
Non-Operative Director, Spine Care Institute

Gina Kearney, MSN, RN, CS, AHN-BC
South Nassau Communities Hospital

JeMe Cioppa-Mosca, PT, MBA
Hospital for Special Surgery

Margaret GE. Peterson, PhD

Abstract:
In an outpatient rehabilitation setting, both patientsí use and therapistsí knowledge of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) varies widely.  Based on this observation and a recognition of CAM as an emerging practice area for rehabilitation professionals, it was felt that a thorough and consistent approach to the education and orientation of physical therapists to the world of CAM and integrative care was needed.  
This special interest paper will describe one Centerís approach, development and use of a unique and comprehensive training manual designed to provide both a structured and standardized approach for educating physical therapists about CAM and related therapeutic modalities.  This innovative teaching tool allows for multiple methods of content delivery within a multidisciplinary format and can be used for those who practice currently or desire to practice in an integrative care environment.

This article appears in HSS Journal: Volume 3, Number 2.
View the full article at springerlink.com.

About the HSS Journal
HSS Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal, is published twice a year, February and September, and features articles by internal faculty and HSS alumni that present current research and clinical work in the field of musculoskeletal medicine performed at HSS, including research articles, surgical procedures, and case reports.


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