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Herbal Medications : An Evidence-Based Review is organized by NetCE and will be held from Jul 01, 2016 - Jun 30, 2019.

The target audience for this medical event is primarily designed for physicians and nurses. However, considering the widespread availability and increased use of herbal medications, other healthcare professionals, including social workers and clinical therapists, will also benefit from this course.

NetCE designates this enduring material for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 10 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 5 pharmacotherapeutic/pharmacology contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 12 hours for Alabama nurses.

Patients, and in some cases healthcare providers as well, are not fully aware of the health risks incurred by ingestion of herbal medications, either due to their potential adverse effects or pharmacologic interactions with other medications. This situation is further compounded by the fact that at least 60% of the patients taking herbal medications do not disclose this fact to their healthcare provider. This course provides the knowledge and tools required for clinicians to discuss natural health products with patients and other members of the healthcare team. It also discusses the need for physicians and nurses to actively inquire if the patient is taking herbal medications and take this information into account prior to prescribing new medications. A brief historical background and an overview of regulatory bodies responsible for overseeing herbal medications is provided. Relevant examples of widely used herbal compounds are presented. Clinically relevant information on commonly used herbal medications regarding therapeutic effectiveness, pharmacologic mechanism of action, adverse effects and drug interactions are reviewed based on scientific evidence.

Considering the pharmacologic interactions between herbal medications (HMs) and conventional medications, it is paramount to increase the awareness and knowledge of healthcare professionals about HMs. The purpose of this course is to increase healthcare professionals' awareness of the potential risks and benefits of HMs from an evidence-based perspective and promote the planned inclusion of HM use in patients' medical history. This course should allow healthcare professionals to discuss HMs in a knowledgeable and succinct manner with patients and colleagues.

Conference Objectives are :
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
• Discuss the prevalent current and historical use of HMs in North America.
• Explain the need to inquire about the use of HMs during preparation of a patient's medical history, including components of a culturally sensitive assessment.
• Discuss the pharmacology (i.e., pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, toxicology) of HMs.
• Describe the differences between the process of development and approval of HMs versus conventional medications, and the implications of health claims and therapeutic efficacy of HMs.
• Outline the merits and limitations associated with the application of contemporary scientific principles and methodologies (i.e., evidence-based medicine) to assess the efficacy and safety of HMs.
• Discuss, based on scientific and conventional medical principles, the pharmacologic properties, efficacy, safety, toxicology, therapeutic indications, and recommended dosages of saw palmetto and St. John's wort.
• Describe the potential risks and benefits of ginkgo.
• Identify key characteristics of ginseng.
• Discuss the use of echinacea and kava, including potential adverse effects.
• Review the use of garlic and valerian as HMs.
• Outline the potential medical uses of andrographis and English ivy leaf.
• Analyze the available evidence for the use of peppermint, ginger, soy, and chamomile.

Intended Audience

Alternative Medicine

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Activity Fee : USD $40.00

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