Health promotion counseling in residency training

Diane J. Madlon-Kay, Peter G. Harper, Christopher J. Reif

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This report describes health promotion counseling attitudes and practices in a family medicine residency that attempted to encourage such counseling. A patient "Health Habits Questionnaire" and matching patient education booklets were developed and distributed. Six grand rounds presentations on counseling were given. On three occasions, residency physicians completed questionnaires about counseling. Despite good personal health habits and positive attitudes toward counseling, the residency physicians had only moderate confidence in their counseling ability and infrequently documented counseling. The residents reported significant improvement in their ability to counsel patients about smoking cessation. Overall, the curriculum appeared to have a limited effect on health promotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-467
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 1994


  • counseling
  • health education
  • health promotion
  • internship and residency
  • preventive health services

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