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J Am Geriatr Soc. 1983 Jul;31(7):435-8.

Effects of geriatric education on the attitudes of medical students.


This study investigated the effects of an educational program in geriatrics on the attitudes of a group of third-year medical students. A survey designed to measure attitudes toward geriatric patient care, aging, and older people was administered to all students before and after their participation in a 25-hour geriatrics education component of a Family Practice Clerkship. Results showed the students' attitudes were significantly improved following the geriatrics training program. Prior training in geriatrics and their specialty preference were also found to have an impact on attitude. The implications of the study for medical education and research are discussed.

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