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Fam Med. 2003 Mar;35(3):174-80.

A maternal and child health curriculum for family practice residents: results of an intervention at the University of North Carolina.

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Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599-7595, USA. margaret_helton@med.unc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

There has been a significant reduction in the number of family physicians who provide pregnancy care. This study examines the effects of an educational intervention at a university-based family practice residency. The intervention was designed to increase the number of graduates who include prenatal care or deliveries in their practices.

METHODS:

The curriculum in pregnancy care was expanded to include a teaching service, better role modeling by family medicine faculty, more deliveries, stronger didactics, breast-feeding and child health services, and greater collaboration with other health care settings and professionals.

RESULTS:

The intervention increased the average percentage of residents who included prenatal care or deliveries in their practices after graduation from 27.5% to 52%.

CONCLUSIONS:

This educational intervention increased the number of family practice residency graduates who plan to include prenatal care or deliveries in their practices.

PMID:
12670110
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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