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Preaching to the choir: comparing health professionals who enroll in mind-body skills versus herbs and dietary supplements training?

TitlePreaching to the choir: comparing health professionals who enroll in mind-body skills versus herbs and dietary supplements training?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKemper KJ, Mo X, Lynn J
JournalJ Evid Based Complementary Altern Med
Volume20
Issue2
Pagination98-103
Date Published2015 Apr
ISSN2156-5899
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Observational studies evaluating elective training programs may be biased if learners who enroll differ from nonenrollees. To assess self-selection bias, we compared participants who enrolled in 2 different online courses in complementary and alternative medical therapies.

METHODS: Participants were recruited from entering classes in medicine, nursing, social work, and dietetics, and residencies in family medicine and pediatrics. The 2 electives were (a) herbs and dietary supplements and (b) mind-body skills training. Participants completed standardized questionnaires before training.

RESULTS: The 218 participants had an average age of 28 years; 76% were trainees. There were no significant differences between enrollees in mind-body skills and herbs and dietary supplements with regard to age, gender, stress levels, mind-body training or practice, mindfulness, empathy, compassion, or resilience.

CONCLUSIONS: Those who enroll in mind-body skills are not measurably different than those who enroll in herbs and dietary supplements. There is no evidence of self-selection bias or "preaching to the choir."

DOI10.1177/2156587214561328
Alternate JournalJ Evid Based Complementary Altern Med
PubMed ID25516529
PubMed Central IDPMC4448938
Grant ListUL1 TR001070 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States
UL1TR001070 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States

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