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Physician informational needs in providing nutritional guidance to patients.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

This study's objective was to assess patient nutrition inquiries and related physician resources to identify the nutrition topics about which physicians most need information for patients and practice.

METHODS

A survey was mailed to a 50% random sample of Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) members (n=778) to identify the top 10 patient nutrition inquiries that the physician would like to be better equipped to answer. The responding physicians' use of nutrition resources (journals, pamphlets, Web resources, toll-free numbers, and referrals to registered dietitians) was also recorded.

RESULTS

A total of 306 (39.3%) physicians responded. The majority wanted more information on weight management (66.5%), followed by information on herbals, botanicals, and other complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) (36.4%) and vitamin and mineral supplements (24.4%). Other common nutrition inquiries for which respondents wanted more information included diet for prevention of disease, high protein-low carbohydrate diets, and childhood nutrition. A minority of respondents used nutrition Web resources and toll-free numbers. Nearly all respondents reported referring patients to registered dietitians.

CONCLUSIONS

Physicians in our survey expressed a need for information on topics such as obesity, CAM, and life cycle and disease-specific diets. Medical nutrition educators should consider the educational needs of the practicing physician.

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    Interdisciplinary Nutritional Sciences Program, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle 98195, USA.

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    Family medicine 36:10 pg 722-6

    MeSH

    Adult
    Aged
    Education, Medical, Continuing
    Evidence-Based Medicine
    Family Practice
    Female
    Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
    Humans
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Nutritional Sciences
    Patient Education as Topic
    Physician's Role
    Physician-Patient Relations
    Pilot Projects
    Practice Patterns, Physicians'
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Teaching Materials
    Washington

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    15531987

    Citation

    Mihalynuk, Tanis V., et al. "Physician Informational Needs in Providing Nutritional Guidance to Patients." Family Medicine, vol. 36, no. 10, 2004, pp. 722-6.
    Mihalynuk TV, Knopp RH, Scott CS, et al. Physician informational needs in providing nutritional guidance to patients. Fam Med. 2004;36(10):722-6.
    Mihalynuk, T. V., Knopp, R. H., Scott, C. S., & Coombs, J. B. (2004). Physician informational needs in providing nutritional guidance to patients. Family Medicine, 36(10), pp. 722-6.
    Mihalynuk TV, et al. Physician Informational Needs in Providing Nutritional Guidance to Patients. Fam Med. 2004;36(10):722-6. PubMed PMID: 15531987.
    * Article titles in AMA citation format should be in sentence-case
    TY - JOUR T1 - Physician informational needs in providing nutritional guidance to patients. AU - Mihalynuk,Tanis V, AU - Knopp,Robert H, AU - Scott,Craig S, AU - Coombs,John B, PY - 2004/11/9/pubmed PY - 2005/3/3/medline PY - 2004/11/9/entrez SP - 722 EP - 6 JF - Family medicine JO - Fam Med VL - 36 IS - 10 N2 - OBJECTIVES: This study's objective was to assess patient nutrition inquiries and related physician resources to identify the nutrition topics about which physicians most need information for patients and practice. METHODS: A survey was mailed to a 50% random sample of Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) members (n=778) to identify the top 10 patient nutrition inquiries that the physician would like to be better equipped to answer. The responding physicians' use of nutrition resources (journals, pamphlets, Web resources, toll-free numbers, and referrals to registered dietitians) was also recorded. RESULTS: A total of 306 (39.3%) physicians responded. The majority wanted more information on weight management (66.5%), followed by information on herbals, botanicals, and other complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) (36.4%) and vitamin and mineral supplements (24.4%). Other common nutrition inquiries for which respondents wanted more information included diet for prevention of disease, high protein-low carbohydrate diets, and childhood nutrition. A minority of respondents used nutrition Web resources and toll-free numbers. Nearly all respondents reported referring patients to registered dietitians. CONCLUSIONS: Physicians in our survey expressed a need for information on topics such as obesity, CAM, and life cycle and disease-specific diets. Medical nutrition educators should consider the educational needs of the practicing physician. SN - 0742-3225 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15531987/full_citation L2 - http://www.stfm.org/fmhub/fm2004/November/Tanis722.pdf DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -