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Physicians as food-safety educators: a practices and perceptions survey.
Clin Infect Dis. 2004 Apr 15; 38 Suppl 3:S212-8.CI

Abstract

An estimated 4 million bacterial foodborne illnesses occur in the United States annually. Many of these illnesses can be prevented by educating the public about food-safety practices. We investigated both the role of physicians as food-safety educators and the barriers to providing food-safety information. Participants were randomly selected physicians (n=3117) practicing within the surveillance area of the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network; 1100 were included in the study. Although only 331 (30%) of 1110 respondents provided food-safety information to their patients, 524 (68%) of 769 who did not provide information expressed interest in doing so. Physicians were more likely to provide food-safety information to patients if they perceived foodborne disease to be a serious problem, perceived food-safety education as their role, felt that patients perceived them as a valuable resource for food-safety advice, or felt comfortable making food-safety recommendations. A national physician education campaign that addresses barriers in food-safety education could improve food-safety education by physicians.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. skwong@spawar.navy.milNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15095192

Citation

Wong, Stephanie, et al. "Physicians as Food-safety Educators: a Practices and Perceptions Survey." Clinical Infectious Diseases : an Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, vol. 38 Suppl 3, 2004, pp. S212-8.
Wong S, Marcus R, Hawkins M, et al. Physicians as food-safety educators: a practices and perceptions survey. Clin Infect Dis. 2004;38 Suppl 3:S212-8.
Wong, S., Marcus, R., Hawkins, M., Shallow, S., McCombs, K. G., Swanson, E., Anderson, B., Shiferaw, B., Garman, R., Noonan, K., & Van Gilder, T. (2004). Physicians as food-safety educators: a practices and perceptions survey. Clinical Infectious Diseases : an Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 38 Suppl 3, S212-8.
Wong S, et al. Physicians as Food-safety Educators: a Practices and Perceptions Survey. Clin Infect Dis. 2004 Apr 15;38 Suppl 3:S212-8. PubMed PMID: 15095192.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Physicians as food-safety educators: a practices and perceptions survey. AU - Wong,Stephanie, AU - Marcus,Ruthanne, AU - Hawkins,Marguerite, AU - Shallow,Sue, AU - McCombs,Katherine G, AU - Swanson,Ellen, AU - Anderson,Bridget, AU - Shiferaw,Beletshachew, AU - Garman,Robb, AU - Noonan,Kristen, AU - Van Gilder,Thomas, AU - ,, PY - 2004/4/20/pubmed PY - 2004/4/29/medline PY - 2004/4/20/entrez SP - S212 EP - 8 JF - Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America JO - Clin Infect Dis VL - 38 Suppl 3 N2 - An estimated 4 million bacterial foodborne illnesses occur in the United States annually. Many of these illnesses can be prevented by educating the public about food-safety practices. We investigated both the role of physicians as food-safety educators and the barriers to providing food-safety information. Participants were randomly selected physicians (n=3117) practicing within the surveillance area of the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network; 1100 were included in the study. Although only 331 (30%) of 1110 respondents provided food-safety information to their patients, 524 (68%) of 769 who did not provide information expressed interest in doing so. Physicians were more likely to provide food-safety information to patients if they perceived foodborne disease to be a serious problem, perceived food-safety education as their role, felt that patients perceived them as a valuable resource for food-safety advice, or felt comfortable making food-safety recommendations. A national physician education campaign that addresses barriers in food-safety education could improve food-safety education by physicians. SN - 1537-6591 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15095192/Physicians_as_food_safety_educators:_a_practices_and_perceptions_survey_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/cid/article-lookup/doi/10.1086/381589 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -