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An Active Learning Complementary and Alternative Medicine Session in a Self-Care Therapeutics Class
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (2014)
  • Eric C Nemec, II, Sacred Heart University
  • Melissa J. Mattison, Western New England University
Objective. To provide an interactive, non-supplement based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) session in a self-care therapeutics class and to evaluate the effect of the session on pharmacy students’ perceptions and knowledge of CAM.

Design. Second professional year pharmacy students enrolled in a required 3-credit course titled Self-Care Therapeutics participated in an active learning session on CAM. Students physically engaged in 5 separate active learning CAM sessions including massage therapy, Tai Chi, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, and Reiki.

Assessment. Students were assessed on both knowledge and perception of CAM. Concept mastery was assessed using a written examination and individual readiness assurance tests (iRAT) and team readiness assurance tests (tRAT). Perception of CAM was measured using both a presession and a postsession survey.

Conclusion. Participating in an intensive, active learning CAM session provided an opportunity to increase students’ knowledge of CAM and an effective strategy for providing the learner with the experience to better envision incorporation into patient therapies.
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Mattison, M.J. & Nemec, E.C. (2014). An active learning complementary and alternative medicine session in a self-care therapeutics class, 78(7). doi:10.5688/ajpe787141