Health Behavior Research and the Training of Health Professionals

  • Alice J. Baumgart
  • Edith A. Costello

Abstract

By many measures, health behavior remains a neglected subject in the training of health professionals in North America even though it has been a prominent concern in social policy and popular culture for well over a decade. Yet the picture may not be as gloomy as seasoned critics have painted it. What they have tended to overlook is how new socioeconomic and political conditions have affected the landscape of health services and higher education during the 1980s. As is usual in such circumstances, thinking beyond old categories and perspectives has been required. There are many signs that the resulting shift in consciousness is beginning to lead to significant changes in the form and content of health sciences education including heightened interest among educators and practitioners in incorporating knowledge germane to an understanding of health behavior (Council of Ontario Universities, 1982; Mustard, 1987; Squires, 1987).

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Health Behavior Medical Education Nurse Practitioner Nursing Education Canadian Medical Association Journal 
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  • Alice J. Baumgart
    • 1
  • Edith A. Costello
    • 1
  1. 1.School of NursingQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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