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ERIC Number: EJ824323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
Relating Medical Students' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Experience to an Interest in Geriatric Medicine
Fitzgerald, James T.; Wray, Linda A.; Halter, Jeffrey B.; Williams, Brent C.; Supiano, Mark A.
Gerontologist, v43 n6 p849-855 Dec 2003
Purpose: This study examined medical students' interest in geriatrics: Are knowledge, positive attitudes, and prior experience with older adults associated with an interest in geriatric medicine? Design and Methods: Entering University of Michigan medical students completed three surveys: the Revised Facts on Aging Quiz, the University of California at Los Angeles Geriatric Attitudes Scale, and the Maxwell-Sullivan Attitudes Scale. The students were also asked questions about their prior experience with older adults and their interest in geriatric medicine. Results: The results indicate that incoming medical students have minimal knowledge about aging, moderately positive attitudes toward older adults, and low interest in geriatric medicine. Having more positive attitudes toward older adults (beta = 0.28) and having cared for older persons prior to medical school (beta = 0.14) were associated with greater interest in geriatric medicine. Implications: These findings suggest that interventions to increase the number of geriatric-oriented physicians should focus on influencing learners' attitudes through experiences in the care of older adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan