Health promotion and early disease detection among medical school faculty

Diane L. Elliot, Linn Goldberg, William L. Toffler

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Background. Medical school faculty members influence students′ health promotion beliefs by their patient care activities and personal health habits. We characterized the medical school environment by defining faculty′s health promotion and early disease detection attitudes and practices. The data disclose faculty needs and suggest a new paradigm to alter medical students′ health promotion beliefs and care patterns. Methods. An observational study of all academic faculty was conducted at a medical school using self-report survey data collected with a confidential questionnaire. The survey instrument assessed faculty demographics, 27 behaviors, and 23 beliefs concerning health promotion. Results. Eighty-four percent of faculty (575 of 683) responded. Although agreement was moderate to good between lifestyle beliefs and personal behaviors, the concordance between personal adherence to and beliefs concerning the recommended physical examinations and laboratory tests was only fair (kappa 0.21 to 0.40). Conclusion. Faculty′s health promotion and disease detection beliefs and behaviors were inconsistent. Observing this discrepancy may relate to students′ establishment of attitudes and practices. Modifying faculty′s personal behaviors and altering the medical school environment might enhance students′ commitment toward preventive care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-256
Number of pages4
JournalPreventive medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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