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Palmer gets NIH grant

Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) for CAM Educators logo with pie chart background

Everyone, from patients to insurance companies, expects health-care providers to effectively use scientific research in clinical practice. Palmer is an innovator in integrating evidence-informed practice throughout its curriculum, thanks to a National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH-NCCIH) grant initially funded from 2007 through 2016.

In order to integrate these practices in the classroom, teachers need to be taught the necessary skills. Earlier this year, the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research was awarded an NIH-NCCIH conference grant to host a conference on the Davenport campus for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) educators. The conference, titled “Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) for CAM Educators,” will be held July 9-11. It’s designed to provide CAM educators training in the principles, practice and teaching of evidence-informed practice.

“The educational goals for this conference are ambitious, highlighting the skills of an active consumer of research,” says Principal Investigator and Palmer’s Director of Research Cynthia Long, Ph.D. “We are offering two tracks: a teaching track aimed at classroom and clinic educators, and an administrative/ curriculum development track.”

With Dr. Long as principal investigator, the conference planning committee members from Palmer include the following co-investigators: Katie Hoyt, M.O.L., research program manager; Dana Lawrence, D.C., M.Med.Ed., M.A., senior director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; and John Stites, D.C., director of community clinics.

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