After completing the program, physicians will be able to:
a. present evidence-based clinical analyses of commonly used alternative therapies;
b. make informed, evidence-based recommendations to clinicians about whether to consider using such therapies in practice; and
c. describe and critique the objectives, methods, results and conclusions of useful, current, peer-reviewed clinical studies in alternative medicine as published in the scientific literature.
1. Melatonin differs from the other supplements reviewed here because it:
a. does not occur naturally.
b. is an endogenous hormone in humans.
c. has serious adverse effects.
d. All of the above
2. The most commonly occurring adverse effects with the four sleep supplements reviewed here are:
a. serious allergic reactions.
b. cardiac complications.
c. heavy sedation.
d. mild and transient side effects.
3. The sleep supplements reviewed here with the best evidence to support some patients trying them for insomnia are:
a. valerian and chamomile.
b. melatonin and valerian.
c. lavender and melatonin.
d. chamomile and lavender.
4. Standard drug therapy for the treatment of over-active bladder, including alpha-blockers and oxybutynin, has been shown far superior to behavioral approaches.
5. Which of the following statements is FALSE?
a. Under the DSHEA guidelines, a supplement manufacturer is responsible for assuring the safety of a supplement prior to its being sold.
b. Use of HCG for weight loss is commonly recommended in association with a high-calorie diet.
c. Accepted indications for the use of HCG include cryptorchidism and the induction of ovulation.
d. HCG is generally accepted to be a pharmaceutical agent.
6. What is a Type I error?
a. Concluding that the study hypothesis is incorrect when it is, in fact, true
b. Concluding that the study hypothesis is correct when it is, in fact, false
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