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Lifestyle medicine and physical activity knowledge of final year UK medical students
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    A holistic approach to lifestyle medicine training in medical students
    • Sanjida Rahman, Medical Student Department of Medicine, Imperial College London
    • Other Contributors:
      • Yasmin Bashir, Medical Student
      • Sabha Mahmood, Medical Student
      • Hafsa Siddiqui, Medical Student
      • Yasmine Djeridi, Medical Student

    Dear Editor,

    We have read with interest the article by Radenkovic D et al. (1) As final year medical students having experienced both pre-clinical and clinical training, we agree that there is a significant gap in lifestyle medicine training. We appreciate the authors highlighting the gap in formal training and assessment of motivational interviewing. Evidence suggests there is a strong positive correlation in using motivational interviewing and the transtheoretical model of behaviour change as counselling strategies to achieve improved patient outcomes in lifestyle changes. (2)

    While this study focused primarily on physical exercise guidelines, it is important to define lifestyle medicine holistically, as it incorporates not only physical exercise but also nutrition, sleep, smoking as well as stress management. It would also be interesting to see how well trained medical students are in these other aspects of lifestyle medicine and how that correlates to lifestyle habits of students across various years of training. This could be done in the form or student welfare surveys throughout the academic year which would allow a more longitudinal holistic analysis of the representation of lifestyle medicine knowledge and student lifestyle habits. This can further inform targeted changes to medical school curriculum and student wellness interventions to ensure students are well equipped to maintain their own well-being and increase their confidence in counselling p...

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