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  1. R. A. Olson1
  1. 1University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA.


Background Kettle Falls is a rural community of approximately 1,600 in the northeastern corner of Washington state. There is a high prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) in this area, likely related to sedentary lifestyle and a diet high in fats and carbohydrates.

Objectives The goals of this project were to inform high-risk individuals about CAD and explore the use of a group format for educating patients in a rural health care practice.

Methods A PowerPoint slideshow on the cause, treatment, and prevention of CAD was developed and presented to patients in a group setting.

Results The presentation was well received by the six patients and two spouses who attended. All the participants were engaged and inquisitive and two of the patients took advantage of the opportunity for a clinic visit with the doctor.

Conclusion Through this project patients were informed about CAD and how to prevent it. This initial trial showed that the group format is a valuable and feasible way to provide health education in this community.

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