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G Ital Cardiol. 1983;13(4):232-5.

[Prevention of ischemic heart disease: a feasibility study of health education in the primary school].

[Article in Italian]


To verify the level of participation of children and teachers in an educational program, the reliability of the program itself and to determine whether children can modify family's behavioral patterns, a feasibility study was undertaken among the pupils of a primary school. Seventy-two children, belonging to different socio-economic classes, were studied. Children were given a questionnaire before and after the course, which was held by previously trained teachers. Very good participation of children and teachers in the program was observed. On the contrary very low involvement of the parents was achieved. This experience emphasizes the difficulties arising when actions to modify adult's life styles are attempted. On the contrary, a standardized education program, lasting for a whole school year, could be a feasible, useful and not too costly program not only for the primary prevention of coronary artery disease, but for any program of extensive health care.

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