Module 3: Chronic Illness & Conditions

Unit 5: Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Practices (CAM)

Learning Objectives

In this section, the student will:

  • Discuss the benefits and/or risks of the most common complementary health approaches
  • Discuss the use of integrated practices in various chronic disease processes
  • Identify integrated approaches that can assist in pain management
  • Discuss the use of integrated approaches to promote the development of healthy behaviors in clients with chronic disease
  • Discuss insurance coverage of terms complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies


  • 5 Things You Should Know: The Science of Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Practices; from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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Complementary & Alternative Medicine (via Salem Press or print Reference R733 .C66 2012 v.1-4)
800 alphabetically arranged essays. Includes history, alternative vs. traditional medicine, children’s health, insurance coverage, pain management, and spirituality.



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