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Lifestyle medicine course for family medicine residents: preliminary assessment of the impact on knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy and personal health
  1. Lilach Malatskey1,2,
  2. Yael Bar Zeev3,
  3. Adva Tzuk-Onn1,
  4. Rani Polak4,5
  1. 1 Israeli Society of Lifestyle Medicine, Israeli Association of Family Physicians, Tel Aviv, Israel
  2. 2 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Siaal Research Center for Family Medicine and Primary Care, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  3. 3 School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  4. 4 Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  5. 5 Department of Family Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lilach Malatskey, Israeli Society of Lifestyle Medicine, Israeli Association of Family Physicians, 12 Hassuca st, Zichron Yaakov 3093812, Israel; lilach.malatskey{at}


Purpose The WHO estimates that by 2020 two-thirds of the diseases worldwide will be the result of unhealthy lifestyle habits. Less than half of primary care physician graduates feel prepared to give lifestyle behaviour counselling. Our objective was to evaluate the impact of lifestyle medicine (LM) course on self-reported knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy and health behaviour of family medicine residents.

Methods Based on the Israeli syllabus for the study of LM, we delivered five face to face 20 H courses. Pre/post data were collected by knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy and personal health survey:

Results A total of 112 family medicine residents participated in one of the five courses, of which 91 (81.3%) filled both pre and post surveys. Participates showed an improvement in self-reported knowledge and capacity to manage patients in regard to smoking, weight management and physical activity. An improvement was noted in personal health behaviour of overweight participant's in regard to self-reported physical activity.

Conclusions A comprehensive LM syllabus based course has a positive impact on family medicine residents LM counselling abilities. We suggest that LM course should be considered as a potential permanent addition to the family medicine residency programme.

  • Lifestyle medicine
  • Family medicine residents
  • Medical education
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Lifestyle medicine course

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  • Contributors LM participated in the design and conduct of the study and drafted the manuscript. RP participated in the design of the study and critically reviewed the manuscript. YBZ critically reviewed the manuscript. AT-O participated in the design and conduct of the study and critically reviewed the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The research was funded by the Israeli Association of Family Physicians and The Alton & Mona Sutnick, Stanley & Shirley Tauber Fund for Prywes Center for Medical Education Ben Gurion University.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Ben-Gurion University Medical School ethical committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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