Students' knowledge and self-perceptions regarding integrative medicine and health following training in first-year graduate PA, PT, and OT programs

Sara North*, Barbra Beck, Marissa Liveris, Amy Vega, Nicole Boyington, Lani Stockwell, Thomas E.St George, Jane Hopp

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Abstract

Integrative medicine and health (IMH) content and pedagogy for health professional education best practices are not established. Physician assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT), and occupational therapy (OT) students' knowledge and self-perception of integrative health, lifestyle behavior change, and professional well-being were assessed pre- and post- participation in IMH online modules. Students demonstrated significant increases in knowledge and self-perception scores from pre- to post-test. Pre- and post-test knowledge score means varied by discipline. Pre-test self-perception score means did not vary across disciplines, while the post-test self-perception score mean was significantly higher for PA students compared to other disciplines. Online integration of IMH content does not require significant curricular revisions and is a promising pedagogy for increasing PA, PT, and OT students' understanding of the IMH approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e91-e95
JournalJournal of allied health
Volume47
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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