240053 Chinese Traditional Medicine; Contributing to the Care and Treatment of Hepatitis C

Monday, October 31, 2011: 4:30 PM

Carla Wilson, DAOM, LAc , Doctoral Studies and Research Dept., American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, CA
Background: Many people in the United States are turning to Chinese traditional medicine for the treatment of Hepatitis C (HCV) HCV accounts for increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma. In San Francisco, California, local practitioners of Chinese traditional medicine created the HCV Certification Course to address the need for specialized training for licensed acupuncturists and practitioners of Asian medicine. Methods: From 2000 2009 training was provided for over 225 practitioners of Chinese traditional medicine. The HCV Certification Course consisted of a comprehensive curriculum including both an eastern and western approach to the care and treatment of HCV. A mixed methods approach to inquiry was used for this study by applying both quantitative and qualitative methods. The methods used consisted of narrative-based interviews and online survey inquiry. Data was collected from Asian medicine practitioners that participated in the comprehensive training. Results: Outcomes from this study reflect the impact the HCV Certification Course has had by increasing both numbers of trained providers and access to care for people living with HCV. This study reflects on practitioners views on training and utilization of the knowledge gained through the HCV Certification Course and the impact on patient care. Conclusion: This training course was designed to expand the skills and understanding of practitioners of Asian medicine and licensed acupuncturists. This study reflects the growth and expansion of Asian medicine as part of the larger system of public health service.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Participant will be able to explain the use Chinese traditional medicine as complementary or alternative to Western medical treatment for Hepatitis C virus and associated complications. 2. Participant will be able to discuss the importance of an integrated approach to care. 3. Participant will be able to describe the need for focused Eastern and Western training in HCV care.

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Access to Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I practice, teach and research in the field of alternative and integrative medicine.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.