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Health Educ Q. 1989 Winter;16(4):485-508.

Evaluation of the Staying Healthy After Fifty educational program: impact on course participants.

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  • 1Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH.


A study to evaluate the impact of a medical self-care program on older adults was conducted. The test group (n = 161) participated in an 11-session educational intervention with training in clinical skills, lifestyle, and the use of health services. The comparison group (n = 164) received no intervention. The test group was assessed pre-intervention, post-intervention, and six months post-intervention and the comparison group was assessed at corresponding intervals. The results indicated that medical self-care instruction produces substantial improvements in health-related knowledge, health skills performance, and health actions. This study produced no evidence, however, that medical self-care instruction has any effect on health status, the utilization of medical care, or other aspects of life quality.

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