Pharmacy competencies for interprofessional integrative health care education

Jeannie K. Lee, Anne L. Hume, Robert Willis, Heather Boon, Patricia Lebensohn, Audrey Brooks, Ben Kligler

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Objective. To address the gap in evidence-based knowledge among pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists regarding complementary and integrative health approaches due to insufficient education and a lack of standardized training. Methods. The National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH) developed 22 pharmacy competencies linked to a set of 10 interprofessional “metacompetencies” in integrative health care. Results. The NCIPH pharmacy competencies are well-aligned with the current educational standards and Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) outcomes for pharmacy programs. Therefore, the NCIPH competencies may provide a foundation for the incorporation of interprofes-sional integrative health care education into pharmacy curricula. Conclusion. The NCIPH pharmacy competencies in integrative health care, linked to the interprofes-sional “metacompetencies,” are aligned with educational standards and outcomes, and may serve as a basis for pharmacy curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6302
Pages (from-to)687-694
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


  • Integrative health care
  • Pharmacy competencies
  • Pharmacy education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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