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Effects of a Nutrition Education Program on
the Related Knowledge and Behaviors of
Family Practice Residents

by Jeffrey S. Novick
Copyright © 2000, 2001 by Jeffrey S. Novick. All rights reserved.
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Note: This is a revised and expanded version of the author’s thesis for the Master of Science in Nutrition, completed in August 2000 and accepted by The School of Graduate Studies, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.A.

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Five of the ten leading causes of death in the United States are directly related to nutrition. Although most individuals cite their physicians as a major source of nutrition information, physicians receive little if any formal nutrition training. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a 9-month, 11-session, nutrition education lecture series on the nutrition knowledge and related professional behaviors of a group of family practice residents. The subjects were the 15 residents at the Family Practice Center, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.A. Residents worked with registered dietitians in an active learning/team teaching model for each session. A patient questionnaire was used to determine the patients’ perception of the amount, type, and effectiveness of the nutrition information presented during office visits with their family practice resident. A 55-question, multiple-choice, nutrition knowledge test was used to evaluate the residents’ knowledge of nutrition in each of the 11 topic areas. Results indicated significant differences between the pre- and post-test scores and improvement in several nutrition-related professional education behaviors of the residents after the 11-session nutrition education program. Significant increases were noted for the discussions of nutrition related to health maintenance, for overall nutrition recommendations, and for recommendations to see a dietitian.

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*Note: Appendices D, E, F are not part of the paper version of this thesis. They are included in this web version to provide additional insight. These appendices use JavaScript and cascading style sheets; your web browser must support these features to display the tables correctly.


For their contributions to the completion of this thesis, I would like to acknowledge the following:


(Chapter 1: Introduction)

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