Education, Medical, Continuing

Publication Title: 
The American Journal on Addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions
Author(s): 
Thompson, Christopher R.
Del-Pan, Nadia
Beckson, Mace
Weinstock, Robert
Publication Title: 
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to inform psychiatrists about the basic principles, terminology, schools of thought, efficacy, safety and regulatory issues regarding herbal treatments for mental illness. METHOD: Information was obtained by computerised and manual searching of medical and botanical data bases, and by discussions with experts in herbal medicine and regulatory aspects of the pharmaceutical industry. RESULTS: Herbal medicines are commonly used in developed and developing countries for psychiatric illness.

Author(s): 
Walter, G.
Rey, J. M.
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

Numerous botanical agents, many of which are used in whole medical system practices (i.e. traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, etc.), have been shown to exhibit radiomodifying effects on tumors and normal tissues in-vitro and in-vivo studies. Some of these agents can enhance the therapeutic gain of radiation therapy by either acting as a radiosensitizer to tumor cells and/or as a radioprotector to normal cells.

Author(s): 
Lawenda, Brian D.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin (2006)

OBJECTIVE: To investigate to which extent physicians participating in specialization and continuing medical education courses read clinical research articles and how relevant they deem this for their practical work. METHODS: Physicians participating in courses on homeopathy (n = 96), acupuncture (n = 79), naturopathy (n = 75), family medicine (n = 50) and internal medicine (n = 136) filled in a questionnaire.

Author(s): 
Icsezer, Sabine
Linde, Klaus
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: To describe the establishment of a multidisciplinary team of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) providers and educators in an urban pediatric hospital and affiliated medical school. BACKGROUND: Pediatric CAM use is increasing. Physicians are interested in CAM-related education but few programs had been developed in pediatrics. In 1998, Children's Hospital Boston established the Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research (CHPER), a CAM multidisciplinary team providing clinical services, education, and research.

Author(s): 
Highfield, Ellen Silver
McLellan, Mary C.
Kemper, Kathi J.
Risko, Wanessa
Woolf, Alan D.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: Naturopathic physicians' interest in participating in pediatric observational studies or clinical trials is unknown. Complementary and alternative medicine research may need to be conducted in the settings where these therapies are commonly used to fully understand their effects. Optimally, naturopathic physicians will participate in the research of naturopathic medical practice. A survey was conducted to ascertain naturopathic physicians' interest in participating in pediatric research studies and characteristics of those most interested.

Author(s): 
Weber, Wendy
McCarty, Rachelle L.
Publication Title: 
Australian Family Physician

BACKGROUND: General practitioner stress is a recognised problem for which meditation is a potential intervention. The aim of this project was to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of an initiative to train GPs in a set of evidence based meditation skills. METHOD: General practitioners attended a seminar comprising a 1 hour lecture on GP wellbeing, a 45 minute session on meditation, meditation skills practise in groups with an experienced instructor, a larger group review and the provision of take home kits.

Author(s): 
Manoch, Ramesh
Gordon, Amy
Black, Deborah
Malhi, Gin
Seidler, Raymond
Publication Title: 
JAMA

CONTEXT: Primary care physicians report high levels of distress, which is linked to burnout, attrition, and poorer quality of care. Programs to reduce burnout before it results in impairment are rare; data on these programs are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether an intensive educational program in mindfulness, communication, and self-awareness is associated with improvement in primary care physicians' well-being, psychological distress, burnout, and capacity for relating to patients.

Author(s): 
Krasner, Michael S.
Epstein, Ronald M.
Beckman, Howard
Suchman, Anthony L.
Chapman, Benjamin
Mooney, Christopher J.
Quill, Timothy E.
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM

INTRODUCTION: Over the last decade, the use of medical marijuana has expanded dramatically; it is now permitted in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Our study of family physicians in Colorado is the first to gather information about physician attitudes toward this evolving practice. METHODS: We distributed an anonymous web-based electronic survey to the 1727 members of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians' listserv. Items included individual and practice characteristics as well as experience with and attitudes toward medical marijuana.

Author(s): 
Kondrad, Elin
Reid, Alfred
Publication Title: 
Journal of Cancer Education: The Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education

BACKGROUND: Following a survey of health professionals' familiarity with 19 non-pharmacologic interventions for cancer pain, evidence-based continuing education sessions were conducted on the five therapies about which the professionals reported being most interested in learning more. METHODS: Three months following the education sessions, the original questionnaire was re-administered. Responses from the original survey were compared with those on the post-education survey.

Author(s): 
Zaza, C.
Sellick, S.

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