Integrative Medicine, Accreditation of CME Activities

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) maintains there is value in providing information about integrative medicine (also referred to as complementary and alternatve practices and other terms) to help family physicians respond to patients who use these therapies and who would consider using them. Family physicians need to understand new medical practices and products including integrative approaches to effectively counsel patients, understand potential drug or treatment interactions and better evaluate patient outcomes.

All CME activities must demonstrate high educational, ethical, and medical standards. Those that include information about integrative medicine must meet all existing AAFP criteria for CME. These criteria establish specific parameters for categorizing CME clinical content as a) evidence-based (EB CME), b) customary and generally accepted (CGA CME), c) neither EB CME nor CGA CME but not dangerous or proven ineffective, d) dangerous or proven ineffective, CME credit eligibility for clinical content is defined according to these categories. EB and CGA CME are eligible for Prescribed or Elective credit. Clinical content advocating dangerous or proven ineffective recommendations is ineligible for CME credit.

In cases where educational, ethical, and medical standards are not adhered to, or where the criteria for CME credit are not met, the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) reserves the right to withhold or withdraw CME credit. (B1998) (2009 CoD)