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CME credit for “functional medicine” under review

Posted 31 October 2017

CME credit for “functional medicine” under review

The American Academy of Family Physicians has issued a call for comment on the eligibility of “functional medicine” topics for continuing medical education (CME) credit. In 2014, and then again in 2016, its Commission on Continuing Professional Development reviewed functional medicine and identified a lack of existing evidence to support its practice. As a result, a moratorium on all functional medicine topics eligible for CME credit is in place until February 2018. “Functional medicine” is a marketing term that encompasses a wide range of tests and treatments that are unsubstantiated and/or unnecessary. Science-Based Medicine has posted an insightful discussion of this topic. [Bellamy J. AAFP: Functional medicine lacks supporting evidence; includes “harmful” and “dangerous” treatments. Science-Based Medicine, Oct 26, 2017] Comments to the AAFP can be made through an AAFP survey site.

Source: Consumer Health Digest #17-40, October 29 2017

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