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Written examinations in Swedish medical schools: minds molded to medicate?
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Ophthalmology.
2017 (English)In: American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, ISSN 1559-8276, E-ISSN 1559-8284Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Lifestyle medicine (LM) is part of official educational goals in Swedish medical schools. We studied questions concerning 5 noncommunicable diseases: diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease (CHD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and stroke from 124 written examinations conducted between 2012 and 2015. LM knowledge yielded between 2% and 10%, whereas pharmacology-related knowledge yielded between 24% and 50%, of total points. The multiples at which pharmacology-related knowledge was valued higher than LM knowledge were 2.4 for COPD (P < .056), 4.3 for diabetes (P < .0001), 4.8 for hypertension (P < .0001), 5.2 for CHD (P < .0001), and 31.5 for stroke (P < .0001). Our results indicate that lifestyle-related knowledge, though covered by official teaching goals, is currently underrated in Swedish medical education.

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Sage Publications, 2017.
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lifestyle medicine, medical education, curriculum, examination
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-144543DOI: 10.1177/1559827617724338OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-144543DiVA, id: diva2:1180570
Available from: 2018-02-06 Created: 2018-02-06 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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