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Health Status, Healthy Lifestyle Practices, and Attitudes toward Lifestyle Counseling among Medical Students at the Osteopathic Medical School and Allopathic Medical School in DFW: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

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Aubrey Crenshaw

RAD Assignment Number

1810

Abstract

Purpose: By 2020, the World Health Organization predicts that 63% of all worldwide diseases and deaths will be associated with poor lifestyle choices which individuals, families, or groups make every day. It is imperative that health care providers adopt and demonstrate evidence-based and patient-centered competent approaches to improving patients’ lifestyle habits for health promotion, disease prevention, and therapeutic effects. Since medical students are the future of medicine, it is important to investigate their health status, health habits practice, and readiness to engage in lifestyle counseling. Further, it is interesting to investigate if any difference exists between osteopathic and allopathic medical students.

Methods: A survey is the key instrument in this cross-sectional study to assess the health status, health habits practice, and attitudes towards engagement in lifestyle counseling among medical students. The survey contains questionnaires, which are in the multiple choice and closed-ended formats. The survey will be sent out via email separately to each TCOM class and each UT Southwestern (UTSW) class. The survey being sent out to TCOM is through Qualtrics and the survey for UTSW is through REDCap.

Data: Data is in the process of being collected through Qualtrics for TCOM and REDCap for UTSW. All data at UTSW will be sent to the researcher at TCOM and analyzed. The analysis will be conducted using Statistical Analysis System version 9.4.

Hypotheses: The primary hypothesis is that there will be a relationship between health status, health lifestyle practice, and attitude to engage in lifestyle counseling and years spent in medical education. The secondary hypothesis is that there will be a difference in health status, healthy lifestyle practice, and attitude to engage in lifestyle counseling among medical students in different levels of medical education. The tertiary hypothesis is that there will be a difference in health status, healthy lifestyle practice, and attitude to engage in lifestyle counseling among osteopathic medical students and allopathic medical students.

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Health Status, Healthy Lifestyle Practices, and Attitudes toward Lifestyle Counseling among Medical Students at the Osteopathic Medical School and Allopathic Medical School in DFW: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

Purpose: By 2020, the World Health Organization predicts that 63% of all worldwide diseases and deaths will be associated with poor lifestyle choices which individuals, families, or groups make every day. It is imperative that health care providers adopt and demonstrate evidence-based and patient-centered competent approaches to improving patients’ lifestyle habits for health promotion, disease prevention, and therapeutic effects. Since medical students are the future of medicine, it is important to investigate their health status, health habits practice, and readiness to engage in lifestyle counseling. Further, it is interesting to investigate if any difference exists between osteopathic and allopathic medical students.

Methods: A survey is the key instrument in this cross-sectional study to assess the health status, health habits practice, and attitudes towards engagement in lifestyle counseling among medical students. The survey contains questionnaires, which are in the multiple choice and closed-ended formats. The survey will be sent out via email separately to each TCOM class and each UT Southwestern (UTSW) class. The survey being sent out to TCOM is through Qualtrics and the survey for UTSW is through REDCap.

Data: Data is in the process of being collected through Qualtrics for TCOM and REDCap for UTSW. All data at UTSW will be sent to the researcher at TCOM and analyzed. The analysis will be conducted using Statistical Analysis System version 9.4.

Hypotheses: The primary hypothesis is that there will be a relationship between health status, health lifestyle practice, and attitude to engage in lifestyle counseling and years spent in medical education. The secondary hypothesis is that there will be a difference in health status, healthy lifestyle practice, and attitude to engage in lifestyle counseling among medical students in different levels of medical education. The tertiary hypothesis is that there will be a difference in health status, healthy lifestyle practice, and attitude to engage in lifestyle counseling among osteopathic medical students and allopathic medical students.