Exploring Complementary and Integrative Health: Information, Resources, and Evaluation

As healthcare trends evolve, there is a growing interest in using Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) alongside traditional medical practices. Some individuals opt for alternative medicine instead of conventional treatments; some integrate Eastern practices with their Western medicine, raising questions and concerns about the quality and reliability of available information. In response to this need, our class aims to empower participants with the knowledge and resources to navigate the world of CIH.

Through this class, we will explore the definitions of Complementary and Integrative Health, encompassing both Eastern and Western medicine perspectives. We will delve into various approaches to CIH, discussing their associated risks and benefits. Furthermore, we will equip you with strategies to help your users discern trustworthy CIH information and avoid fraudulent claims.

Our comprehensive approach covers health information resources and strategies to enhance health information access and use and aligns with NNLM initiatives addressing health misinformation and environmental determinants of health. Join us to enhance your ability to guide patients, patrons, and others in understanding the dynamics of CIH and its place in modern healthcare.

This asynchronous class takes place over 3 weeks in Moodle. There are no set hours to be online each week. It should take you about 2 hours each week. 

Objectives
  • Define complementary and Integrative Health, eastern and western medicine.  
  • Recall different approaches to complementary and Integrative Health.
  • List some of the risks and benefits of complementary and Integrative Health approaches.
  • Apply strategies for avoiding scams and fraudulent claims related to CIH products and services.
  • Locate information on complementary and Integrative Health using resources such as NCCIH, PubMed and MedlinePlus.
Class Length

3 Weeks

Class Owner(s)

Contact the NNLM Training Office for more information.

Instructor(s)

Bobbi L. Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, Region 6
Margie Sheppard, Community Engagement Coordinator - NNLM Region 3, Region 3
Dana Abbey, Arizona/Colorado/New Mexico Engagement Specialist, Region 4

Continuing Education

This class qualifies for Medical Library Association (MLA) Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level 1.

This class qualifies for Medical Library Association (MLA) Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level 2.

This class has been approved for Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credits.

This class meets the following CHIS Level 1 competencies:

C3. Knowledge of Subject Matter and Resources
C4. Evaluation of Health Information

This class qualifies as additional continuing education credit towards CHIS level 2.

Classes

Event Title Event Start Date Summary Continuing Education Credits CE Categories Is Online Registration
Exploring Complementary and Integrative Health: Information, Resources, and Evaluation This class will explore the definitions of Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH), encompassing both Eastern and Western medicine perspectives. We will delve into various approaches to CIH, discussing their associated risks and benefits. We will also equip you with strategies to help your users discern trustworthy CIH information and avoid fraudulent claims. 6.00 MLA, CHIS Level 1 On
Event Title Event Start Date Summary Continuing Education Credits CE Categories Is Online Registration
Exploring Complementary and Integrative Health: Information, Resources, and Evaluation This class will explore the definitions of Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH), encompassing both Eastern and Western medicine perspectives. We will delve into various approaches to CIH, discussing their associated risks and benefits. We will also equip you with strategies to help your users discern trustworthy CIH information and avoid fraudulent claims. 6.00 MLA, CHIS Level 1 On
Exploring Complementary and Integrative Health: Information, Resources, and Evaluation This class will explore the definitions of Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH), encompassing both Eastern and Western medicine perspectives. We will delve into various approaches to CIH, discussing their associated risks and benefits. We will also equip you with strategies to help your users discern trustworthy CIH information and avoid fraudulent claims. 6.00 MLA, CHIS Level 1 On