Introduction to Integrative Medicine

Introduction to Integrative Medicine embraces knowledge from subjects of Basics of health care, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Clinical pharmacy, Pharmacoinformatics, Health Care Psychology and Communication skills for pharmacists. The subject of Introduction of Integrative Medicine expands knowledge of biopsychosocial model of health and disease and teaches how to implement biopsychosocial approach to health and disease in clinical practice while delivering integrative pharmaceutical care.

Courses are interactive with emphasis on self-reflection, individual and team work.

Aims of the course:

  • To educate students in basics of integrative medicine
  • To educate students in integrative model of client-centred care
  • To educate students in ways of implementation of integrative medicine into pharmaceutical care
  • To educate students in selected areas of integrative medicine practice

Syllabus

  • Integrative medicine – definition, classification, current state of practice, pharmacist role
  • Integrative medicine – evidence-based medicine
  • Integrative medicine – effectiveness
  • Integrative medicine – safety
  • Integrative medicine – biologically-based methods
  • Integrative medicine – body-based methods
  • Integrative medicine – mind-body methods
  • Integrative medicine – energy-based methods
  • Integrative medicine – whole medical system
  • Integrative medicine – safety of dietary supplements
  • Integrative medicine in clinical practice
  • Integrative pharmaceutical care

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