“Alternative” Research Education in a Post-R25 World: Assessing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Student Attitudes Toward Research and the Scientific Method

Presentation at the 2012 Medical Library Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


How do alternative medicine students feel about “research” and the scientific method? In the post-R25 age of research education, have the levels of distrust towards the western research paradigm in its ability to adequately measure alternative medicine results been quelled, or do alternative medicine students view research as a nonessential part of their education? This follow up to a 2006 study seeks to tackle some of these questions by investigating the levels of research interest by acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) students, examining factors such as length of time in the program and the existence of an institutional culture of research.