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The relevance of the Heart Foundation of Australia's dietary recommendations for adult Australians : a comparison of views of general practitioners, cardiologists and dietitians

Pomeroy, Sylvia and Worsley, Anthony 2008, The relevance of the Heart Foundation of Australia's dietary recommendations for adult Australians : a comparison of views of general practitioners, cardiologists and dietitians, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 290-296.

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Title The relevance of the Heart Foundation of Australia's dietary recommendations for adult Australians : a comparison of views of general practitioners, cardiologists and dietitians
Author(s) Pomeroy, Sylvia
Worsley, Anthony
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 290
End page 296
Total pages 7
Publisher HEC Press
Place of publication McKinnon, Vic.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0964-7058
1440-6047
Keyword(s) general practitioners
cardiologists
dietitians
food based dietary recommendations
food selection recommendations
Summary PURPOSE: To compare the views of general practitioners, cardiologists and dietitians about the relevance of the Heart Foundation of Australia's dietary recommendations for adult cardiac patients.

BASIC PROCEDURES:
Quantitative-cross sectional study. Postal questionnaires were self-completed by 248 Victorian general practitioners (30% response), 189 Australia-wide cardiologists (47% response) and 180 Victorian dietitians (45% response). Responses were represented as percentages and analyses of variance were conducted to explore the impact of the independent variables: age, work status and gender on the dependent variable: dietary recommendation.

MAIN FINDINGS:
Approximately half of the recommendations were viewed as strongly important to implement; these related to lean meats, limiting takeaways and cakes/biscuits, and adjusting energy intake. Others of importance were eating fruits, vegetables and fish. However, most of these goals were seen as difficult to achieve. Dietitians appeared to share responses of doctors, except for greater importance of eating fruit and vegetables and a greater difficulty in limiting cakes and biscuits. There was a high level of agreement among the three groups (mean 87%) about patients having difficulty implementing adjusting energy intake.

CONCLUSIONS: There is agreement amongst these professionals that many of the recommendations lack importance, specifically those pertaining to unsaturated oils, low fat dairy products, cholesterol rich foods, intake of legumes and grains and the restriction of salt. This may reflect a need for further nutrition education.
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Language eng
Field of Research 110199 Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, HEC Press
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