Ethics. Research. Community.

Consumer-oriented evaluation of health education services.

Patient education and counseling. 
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The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the presence of formal health education units in health plans on the health education reported by the consumer. The research consisted of interviews with health educators in the Israeli health plans and a random sample of telephone interviews with 793 Israeli residents between the ages of 45 and 75. The interviews with consumers included measures of counseling on smoking, physical activity, weight reduction, hypertension and diabetes. Two of the four Israeli health plans have formal health education units. After adjustment for other variables, however, the quality and quantity of counseling reported by the consumers does not differ, in most subjects, between health plans with or without health education units. The presence of a health education unit within a health plan had little effect on the counseling reported by the consumer. The reasons for and implications of the results are discussed.
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