Title

Scope of Health Promotion Programs for Physician Assistant Students

ISBN or ISSN

1941-9430

Volume

12

Issue

1

Publication Date / Copyright Date

Winter 2001

First Page

13

Last Page

16

DOI Number

10.1097/01367895-200112010-00002

Abstract

This study described the number, scope, and characteristics of health promotion programs for students enrolled in physician assistant (PA) programs. A structured telephone interview was conducted with a representative from each of the then 110 accredited PA programs in the United States, and a modified version of a survey instrument used in medical schools was employed.

Only 10 (9.1%) of the accredited programs reported offering a health promotion program for students, and the vast majority of PA programs not offering a health promotion program did not plan to do so in the future. A variety of activities were offered through the health promotion programs reported. However, when these activities were assessed in regard to the highest level of intervention they offered, none presented intervention at the highest levels of behavior change and follow-up. In general, PA programs are not offering students the opportunity to learn how to take care of themselves, an important factor if PA programs are to teach their students to care for the health of others.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

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