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J Gen Intern Med. 2004 May;19(5 Pt 2):534-9.

Teaching patient-centered tobacco intervention to first-year medical students.

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Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, Madison, WI 53705, USA. rlbrown@wisc.edu

Abstract

The University of Wisconsin's Tobacco Intervention Basic Skills curriculum (TIBS) was inaugurated to begin training 147 first-year medical students in skills for promoting health behavior change. Learning activities included lecture, demonstration, reading, quiz, role-play exercises, and standardized patient interviews. After TIBS, the 69 students who provided pre- and postintervention data exhibited more therapeutic attitudes and increased knowledge and self-confidence in applying TIBS skills. Two months later, 52% of the 109 posttest respondents had applied TIBS in clinical settings, often for behaviors other than tobacco use. We conclude that medical students can gain from early training on promoting behavior change.

PMID:
15109319
PMCID:
PMC1492330
DOI:
10.1111/j.1525-1497.2004.30144.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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