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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012 Nov-Dec;44(6):653-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2011.08.006. Epub 2012 Mar 14.

How medical students' behaviors and attitudes affect the impact of a brief curriculum on nutrition counseling.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461, USA. sschlair@montefiore.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate a nutrition curriculum and explore the influence of medical students' own nutrition practices on its impact.

METHODS:

An anonymous survey was given to first-year medical students attending a required course immediately prior to and 2 weeks after a 2-hour interactive nutrition curriculum intervention in a large private urban medical school in New York, New York. Main outcomes included self-reported nutrition counseling confidence, ability to assess diet, and nutrition knowledge measured using 4-point Likert scales.

RESULTS:

One hundred eleven students completed surveys pre-curriculum (69%) and 121 completed them post-curriculum (75%). The authors found overall pre-post differences in dietary assessment ability (2.65 vs 3.05, P < .001) and counseling confidence (1.86 vs 2.22, P < .001). In addition to the curricular impact, students' nutrition-related behaviors and attitudes were positively associated with outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

A nutrition curriculum for medical students improves students' nutrition counseling-related confidence, knowledge, and skills even when controlling for personal nutrition-related behaviors.

PMID:
22421794
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2011.08.006
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