Integrative Medicine: Education, Perceived Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice among Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Members

Published:September 16, 2015DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2015.08.015
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      In 2002, a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Task Force was appointed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) to develop CAM competencies for dietetics practitioners.
      • Touger-Decker R.
      • Thomson C.A.
      Complementary and alternative medicine: Competencies for dietetics professionals.
      CAM is defined as the use of medical products and practices that are not part of standard care.

      National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Terms related to complementary and integrative health. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/providers/camterms.htm. Updated 2015. Accessed April 10, 2015.

      US National Library of Medicine. MeSH heading: Complementary therapies. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/?term=complementary+medicine. Updated 2002. Accessed April 10, 2015.

      Education efforts in CAM were occurring across several national health professional associations, and the CAM Task Force acknowledged that interprofessional education and collaborations are necessary to ensure that registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are competent health care providers.
      • Touger-Decker R.
      • Thomson C.A.
      Complementary and alternative medicine: Competencies for dietetics professionals.
      The group developed a 3-year road map of recommendations regarding CAM education at the pre- and post-professional levels, including broad CAM competencies for dietetics practice and competencies specific to dietary supplements. The CAM Task Force also proposed a continuing professional education (CPE) certificate program on CAM.
      • Touger-Decker R.
      • Thomson C.A.
      Complementary and alternative medicine: Competencies for dietetics professionals.
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      Biography

      M. B. Augustine is with the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, and is a senior integrative nutritionist, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY.

      Biography

      K. M. Swift is with the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, and is cofounder, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy, Palm Harbor, FL.

      Biography

      S. R. Harris is with the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, and is an assistant professor, Department of Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

      Biography

      E. J. Anderson is with the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network Oversight Committee, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, and is director, Metabolism and Nutrition Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

      Biography

      R. K. Hand is director, Dietetics Practice Based Research Network, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago IL.