A train the trainer model for integrating evidence-based medicine into a complementary and alternative medicine training program

Elizabeth S. Allen, Erin N. Connelly, Cynthia D. Morris, Patricia J. Elmer, Heather Zwickey

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Background: Public interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has grown over the past decade, accompanied by increased demand for evidence-based approaches to CAM practice. In order to define the role evidence-based decision making has in CAM practice, CAM professionals must have a full understanding of evidence-based medicine (EBM) concepts. Objective: This paper describes the design, implementation, and evaluation of a week-long intensive EBM short course for CAM faculty at a naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine institution. Intervention: This 20-hour course, entitled Principles of EBM for CAM Professionals, teaches participants how to access and appraise biomedical literature, apply it to their work, and teach these concepts to their students. Results: Results from precourse and postcourse evaluations suggest that, in a small group of participants, there were significant changes in EBM practice attitudes, self-appraised skills, and objectively assessed skills as a result of this course. Participants indicated they were committed to increasing their use of EBM in practice, enhancing EBM skills, using EBM in teaching, and working to change the culture at their institution to support use of EBM. At six months, 80% of participants had fully or partially followed through on their commitment to change plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-93
Number of pages6
JournalExplore: The Journal of Science and Healing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011



  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • evidence-based medicine
  • teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Analysis
  • Chiropractics
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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