Assessment of Consumer Health Education Needs of DeWitt MEDDAC, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Final rept. Oct 74-Mar 75,
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE STUDIES DIV
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The purpose of the survey was to assess the consumer health education needs of the DeWitt MEDDAC, Fort Belvoir, Va. Objectives were to identify current patient education programs to determine educational methodologies used for current patient education programs to determine resources, both technological and personnel, used for current patient education programs to systematically identify local consumer health education needs from input by both health care providers and patient consumers to select topic areas to be addressed for the PACOMED study from the outcomes of the assessment. The sample consisted of 20 of the professional staff, 200 Family Practice and Acute Minor Illness Clinic Consumers and 147 potential patient consumers from the housing developments on Post. Major conclusions were the methods used and the completeness of the sampling varied considerably and does not necessarily support generalizations into other situations the patient and community education needs selected from the outcomes of the assessment were hypertension, diabetes, weight control, family planning, vaginitis, breast self examination, child growth and development, and eye problems. In addition the data indicated a need for validated patient instructional strategies with scientific assessment tools, a learning center for patients, technological resources, leadership and know-how in the area of consumer health education.
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