Evaluation of students’ learning experience of primary health care practicum on lifestyle modification for older people / frail older people in the community

Chui Ping Phyllis Pang, Yuen Wah Ho, Pui Kin Kor

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Background: Primary health care (PHC) practicum aims to increase students’ awareness of health issues in the community via conducting health survey, performing basic health assessment, developing relevant health promotion plan, and evaluating the outcomes of the practicum. The teaching team identified that healthy lifestyle can prevent or delay development of chronic diseases. Promoting health lifestyle to older people (OP) may empower them to be physically active, eating healthily and avoid consuming alcohol and tobacco.

Objectives: Objectives are to evaluate students’ awareness of health issues in community, examine learning experience in health assessment, health promotion and communications, determine outcomes of the health-promotion program to community–dwelling OP on lifestyle modification.

Methods: This study adopted a mixed method design including health survey, physical assessment and a semi-structure focus group interview. The study was conducted in Shatin district and 24 community-dwelling OP recruited via a NGO. 11 nursing students conducted home visit and provided physical assessment, thus tailor-made health-promotion plan regarding of lifestyle modification on diet, physical activity and cessation of smoking and reduction of alcohol consumption.

Results: The study of PHC practicum is still in progress (Jan to end of March 2017). Data on health survey and physical assessment are collected by participating students. There are several health related issues identified by the students like physical inactivity and unhealthy eating among the community-dwelling OP. Students’ learning experience are collected with respect to cognitive, behavioral (psychomotor skills) and affective learning through their reflection journals. Further data collection on students’ perceptions and outcomes of the PHC practicum will be collected by focus group interview afterward.

Conclusion: This PHC practicum provides a platform for students to understand more health issues of the community-dwelling OP and help them to increase awareness of health needs, brush-up health assessment skills, conduct health promotion and enhance communication skills. Hopefully, this PHC practicum provides insight on nurturing future generation of nursing students in the light of gerontological nursing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHong Kong College of Gerontology Nursing Scientific Meeting CUM AGM: Gerontological Nursing: Past, Present & Future
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2017


  • primary health care
  • Gerontological nursing
  • nursing students

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