Title

Complementary and Integrative Health: Attitudes and Education in Dietetics Students about Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Dietetics professionals and dietetics students are often asked about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. The purpose of this survey was to analyze CAM attitudes, knowledge, desire for further education, usage, and sources of information from 90 undergraduate dietetic students at a Midwestern University. Findings indicated that students had favorable attitudes toward CAM; 92.2% believed that CAM should be integrated into conventional medicine, 82.2% hoped to have CAM available in their practices, and more than 92% wanted more education about nutritional supplements and herbal medicine. Thus, incorporating CAM education into undergraduate programs is beneficial to the nutrition and dietetics profession.

Recommended Citation

Novotny, Daniela, and Melinda Novik. "Complementary and Integrative Health." Topics in Clinical Nutrition 30, no. 3 (2015): 209-221.

DOI for the article

10.1097/tin.0000000000000037

Department

Biomedical Sciences

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