Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ACIH Announced Hospital-based Massage Practice Standards, June 2018

keywords: national integrative health organizations, practice standards, competencies for hospital-based practice, massage therapy

ACIH = Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, the "Collaborative"
HBMT = hospital-based massage therapy
MT = massage therapy

The Collaborative (ACIH) has announced hospital-based massage practice standards this week. ACIH represents national integrative health and medicine organizations, universities, colleges and programs.  ACIH's mission is to "enhance health by cultivating partnerships and advancing inter-professional education and collaborative practice".

What is the Collaborative's definition of Hospital-based massage therapy competencies?
"competencies define what a massage therapist should know and be able to do to practice safely and effectively in a hospital setting."

Why develop these competencies?
"HBMT competencies was led by an ...ACIH task force [which was] formed because its members saw first-hand what could happen when hospitals aren't informed about how to practice in hospital settings."
"HBMT specific competencies developed by the ACIH HBMT task force with input from approximately 40 individuals associated with HBMT programs.  These competencies include some of the ACIH Competencies most relevant to HBMT and additional competencies that specifically address practical issues relevant to HBMT practice."  

Who benefits from these competencies?
"The HBMT competencies are designed to be useful to hospitals, massage therapists, and MT educators."
The facility:  "HBMT specific competencies help with hiring, working with, and evaluating MT staff."
The practitioner:  these "competencies can serve as a tool to inform you of the skills needed to practice in the hospital environment and inform your scope of practice."
The MT educator:  "competencies serve as guidelines for curriculum development and can provide topics for CE courses about working in a hospital environment."

Share the HBMT Competencies
The ACIH HBMT Task Force requests these competencies are shared broadly and that you let them know how you are using them or how you envision using them in the future.
"We are tracking how and where the HBMT competencies are being used, and would greatly appreciate hearing about your experiences with them."

Who are the ACIH HBMT Task Force Members?

MK Brennan, RN, MS, LMBT
Dale Healey DC, PhD
Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT
Beth Rosenthal, MPH, MBA, PhD

Where you can find the HBMT competencies 

Massage Therapy Evidence Map article, 2019

Other ACIH publications you may be familiar with:

Learn more about ACIH at their website.

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