Healing Collectively with Naturopathic Shared Medical Appointments
This session will provide insights into the feasibility, challenges and successes of delivering group-based naturopathy services to people living with endometriosis, and the adaptability of this model to other populations and health conditions.
2022 Annual Conference
October 28-30, 2022
1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation
Time to Complete
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What is this course about?
Naturopathic service utilisation is high, particularly among women and those with chronic conditions and menstrual disorders. Despite this, there remain some barriers (e.g. financial and social) to accessing naturopathic services in the broader population. Shared medical appointments (SMAs), also known as integrative group medical visits (IGMVs) where integrative medicine is included in the care, emerged some 20 years ago as a medical and integrative model of care developed to mitigate such barriers and improve patient outcomes. SMAs appear to be an effective approach to managing chronic disease & improving health outcomes through collective care and healing and may be a suitable model for naturopaths seeking to improve service accessibility and patient outcomes, however research is lacking on the suitability of the model within a naturopathic medicine context. To bridge this gap, research was undertaken to design a new program collaboratively with end-users, encompassing clinical care, education and peer support. Initially, a focus group study was undertaken to design and develop a group naturopathic intervention for people with endometriosis collaboratively with patients and practitioners, with the aim of meeting unmet healthcare needs and addressing barriers to access commonly found with a 1:1 consultation model. The resulting program, entitled Naturopathic Medicine for Endometriosis (NatME) is currently in the pilot testing phase scheduled to be complete by July 2022. This session will provide insights into the feasibility, challenges and successes of delivering group-based naturopathy services to people living with endometriosis, and the adaptability of this model to other populations and health conditions.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other healthcare professionals completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation.
To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content, complete a quiz with a score of 75% or higher, and submit an evaluation. This course is CME-eligible ending on October 27, 2023. After this date, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.
California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241
This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241, which require CME activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency & implicit bias. It is the intent of AB 1195 and AB 241 to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population and reduce health disparities through appropriate professional development. Please see the CME website, www.meded.uci.edu/cme, for AB 1195 and AB 241 resources.
For questions about CME credit, please contact us at https://www.aihm.org/contact/. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.
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By the end of the course, learners will be able to...
- Recognize the benefits and rationale for using group visits to provide healthcare to diverse and/or underserved populations.
- Recognize the importance of engaging stakeholders and end-users in the design and development of novel healthcare programs.
- Identify and develop strategies to mitigate challenges in the delivery of group visits, and specifically naturopathic group visits.
- Assess the clinical effectiveness of naturopathic shared medical appointments for endometriosis, and if/how this may apply in other populations and conditions.
What's included in this course?
This course includes the following:
Certificate of Completion
Meet Your Faculty
Sophia Gerontakos, BHSc (Hons), PhDc
Sophia Gerontakos is an Australian Northern NSW-based naturopath, PhD candidate and clinical trials research assistant with the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, Southern Cross University. Sophia’s research is investigating a new model of delivering naturopathic care to women and gender-diverse people with endometriosis using group visits, to address issues of access and integration of naturopathy as well as unmet healthcare needs. Sophia is passionate about health equity, and integrative medicine. In 2019 she established Brisbane’s ﬁrst free naturopathic community clinic from an inner-city clinical practice before relocating from QLD to NSW to pursue research opportunities. Sophia is full member and member of Professions Committee of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia and a volunteer research assistant with the World Naturopathic Federation. Sophia holds an Honours degree in Naturopathy and has authored several peer-reviewed articles on naturopathic practice and herbal medicine.
No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.
This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course.
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