One hundred three conference attendees returned study materials on the first day of the GPHC.
A repeated measures one-way factorial analysis of variance was conducted using the revised Martin's Index of Health Behavior scores calculated on the preconference Index and the Index completed three months, six months, and one year following the GPHC.
Frequencies and percentages for demographic characteristics of 68 study subjects who completed all questions on the revised Martin's Index of Health Behavior both prior to the 1995 GPHC and three months, six months, and one year following the conference are summarized in Table 1.
Mean scores and standard deviations for first-time GPHC attendees and subjects who had attended one or more previous conferences were calculated.
Health practice mean scores three months following attendance at the GPHC were significantly higher than the health practice mean scores prior to conference attendance.
The GPHC has been held annually since 1981, and the promotion of positive personal health behaviors remains as one of its goals.
First, the population attending the conference included participants with no prior experience in a GPHC as well as participants with prior experience.
Self-report measures were appropriate since they specifically reflected GPHC program outcomes.
The GPHC should continue to emphasize personal health practices.