Alternative Therapies for Asthma is organized by Western Schools and will be held from Jan 02, 2018 - Jan 31, 2021. This Course has been approved for a maximum of 2 Contact Hours.
A complementary, or alternative, therapy is any healing practice that is not considered part of conventional, mainstream medicine. Complementary therapies may be based on historical or cultural traditions, rather than on scientific evidence (National Asthma Council Australia, 2012). It is important to understand that there is a distinction between complementary and alternative practices. If a nonmainstream practice is used in conjunction with conventional medicine, it is considered complementary. If a nonmainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it is considered alternative. Most people who use nonmainstream approaches combine them with conventional treatments (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH], 2016).
Although not a mainstay of therapy, the use of alternative therapies by individuals with asthma warrants discussion because of its increasing popularity. The use of alternative therapies is so prevalent that healthcare professionals can expect to provide care to a large number of individuals who use these therapies. Alternative therapies may influence the delivery of medical care, so it is important to ask about a history of alternative therapy use in the assessment. Healthcare professionals have a responsibility to provide individuals who use other therapies with accurate information about the safety and potential adverse interactions with traditional medical care. It is imperative that the person with asthma understand the risks and benefits of alternative treatments, which ones have evidence-based effectiveness, and the need to maintain medical management and follow-up to ensure good asthma outcomes. This course focuses specifically on the use of alternative therapies in asthma treatment.
• State the prevalence of the use of alternative therapies to treat asthma.
• Discuss the alternative therapies most commonly used by people with asthma and their roles in therapy.
• Recognize potential benefits and risks associated with alternative therapies.
• Discuss the financial impact of complementary and alternative therapies on the individual and the healthcare system.
• Discuss the educational components the healthcare provider needs to provide for the person with asthma.
Pulmonary Medicine, Asthma Clinical Immunology