Behavioral and Complementary Therapies


1. Define the major behavioral medicine therapies.

2. Differentiate among these behavioral medicine therapies by identifying the main components of each therapy: relaxation, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and guided imagery.

3. Develop a psychophysiological rationale for the use of feedback (with and without relaxation) in tension-type headaches, Raynaud's disease, essential hypertension, and muscle rehabilitation.

4. Explain the process of incorporation of biofeedback into psychotherapeutic treatment of anxiety disorders.

5. Explain the characteristics of patients that increase the likelihood of their success in behavioral medicine treatment programs.

6. Define the approximate number of individuals in the United States in 1993, 1997, and 2002 who chose complementary therapies for their medical or psychiatric conditions. Characterize these individuals in terms of age, culture, and type of disease treated, and major therapies chosen.

7. Summarize common beliefs among practitioners of complementary medicine.

8. Describe the theory, practice, and use of complementary medicine.

9. List the five most commonly used herbs and their applications. Include the extent of the evidence supporting the use of St. John's wort and gingko biloba.

10. Explain the major barriers to the integration of the complementary therapies into standard medical practice.

11. Summarize the factors involved in advising patients who seek recommendations about complementary medical therapies.