Integrating the Chronic Care Model into a novel medical student course

Robert C. Block, Bill Tran, Scott McIntosh

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Objective: To determine whether integration of the Chronic Care Model into undergraduate medical education is associated with anticipated use of the Model and whether student perceptions match actual integration of the Model into their community projects. Design: This was a cross-sectional study using qualitative and quantitative data. Setting: A novel fourth-year medical student community health improvement course. Method: The study included 45 students who had enrolled in the course before introduction of the Model and 32 formally introduced to the Model through a lecture. Perceptions were measured through a survey and a focus group with data analysed amongst and between cohorts. Projects were reviewed for actual integration of Model elements and these data were compared with reported student perceptions. Results: Although they were in general utilizing most elements of the Model, student perceptions of their use of Model elements significantly differed from actual use of particular elements (p < 0.001). For instance, whereas the majority believed that their projects focused on the element of Community Resources, most projects actually focused on Self-Management Support. Students formally introduced to the Model trended toward the belief that it would enhance their ability to care for patients more than students without formal exposure to it (p = 0.0516). Conclusions: Although medical students may not recognize it, they may already focus their actions and thinking regarding health improvement toward patient self-management of their chronic disease. Although students require education and training if the Model is to be widely used, they may be naturally attracted to it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Education Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The project described was supported by Grant Number KL2 RR 024136 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, and its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of NCRR or NIH. Information on NCRR is available at . Information on Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise can be obtained from .

Funding Information:
Funding was also provided, in part, by a grant from the New York State Department of Health (W Varade, PI).


  • Chronic Care Model
  • Chronic disease
  • Community health
  • Patient empowerment
  • Patient self-management
  • Undergraduate medical education


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