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105 Mind-Body Medicine in Pediatrics

The use of mind-body therapies reaches back through history in the form of meditation and other spiritual practices focused on health and healing. In the modern medical setting, mind-body therapies are used to harnesses the connections between emotions and physiology to benefit health with a secular philosophy and intent.  

The mind-body connection represents a critical component of good health, but is not emphasized in medical education, especially in the pediatric population. 

This CME activity will help to close this knowledge gap and assist health care professionals in understanding how, when and what types of mind-body therapy approaches and interventions might be used in conjunction with conventional therapies to enhance pediatric care. This is important because an accruing number of effective, safe, non-pharmaceutical therapies are available for children yet not widely known or taught to clinicians. Example of this include accruing data in children on the adverse effects of chronic stress and pain, both areas where mind-body therapies have been shown to be beneficial in children.

Pediatricians who are updated on literature and clinical research in the field will be able to better counsel families and be prepared to offer more comprehensive treatment options. 

Common mind-body therapies include breath work, biofeedback, guided imagery, clinical hypnosis, yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness meditation. Interest in the use of mindfulness in medicine is also increasing as a valuable tool to prevent and address burnout among medical professionals.

Course completion provides a maximum of 12.5   AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Outcome Objectives

  • Identify pediatric patients that could potentially benefit from mind-body medicine treatment options. 
  • Determine which medical conditions have robust supporting evidence for the use of mind-body medicine treatment options in children.
  • Teach clinicians how to better educate parents about mind-body medicine treatment options for their children. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and the Academy of Pediatric Integrative Medicine. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 
Passing the course requires completion of all lessons and a minimum 80% score on all course quizzes, with two attempts allowed per quiz.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Current CME approval period: January 28, 2021- January 27, 2023. Date of most recent review January 28, 2021.

All CME-approved Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this activity.

Hilary McClafferty, MD