Contribution of Australian cardiologists, general practitioners and dietitians to adult cardiac patients’ dietary behavioural change

Pomeroy, Sylvia E.M. and Worsley, Anthony 2009, Contribution of Australian cardiologists, general practitioners and dietitians to adult cardiac patients’ dietary behavioural change, Nutrition and dietetics, vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 74-80.

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Title Contribution of Australian cardiologists, general practitioners and dietitians to adult cardiac patients’ dietary behavioural change
Author(s) Pomeroy, Sylvia E.M.
Worsley, Anthony
Journal name Nutrition and dietetics
Volume number 66
Issue number 2
Start page 74
End page 80
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 1446-6368
1747-0080
Keyword(s) behaviour change
cardiology
dietetics
general practitioner
nutrition
problem solving
Summary Aim:  To investigate the use of behavioural change techniques by cardiologists, general practitioners and dietitians in adult cardiac patients within 12 months of their cardiac event.
Method:  Quantitative cross-sectional surveys. Frequency analyses were conducted on the respondents' answers to questionnaire items. Chi-squared test of independence compared responses of the three professional groups on the questionnaire items. Analyses of variance were conducted to explore the impact of the independent variables: age, sex and time worked on the behavioural change techniques used by the respondents.
Results:  The respondents included 248 general practitioners (30% response), 189 cardiologists (47% response) and 180 dietitians (60% response). General practitioners and cardiologists acted mainly as advocates for dietary change in the dietary management process. Dietitians provided nutrition knowledge and a range of techniques to assist dietary behavioural change. Cardiologists and dietitians shared little nutrition information with general practitioners (cardiologists with general practitioners = 8%, dietitians with general practitioners = 49%).
Conclusion:  The present study shows that cardiac patients may have insufficient access to knowledge of nutrition and techniques to assist them with dietary behavioural change.
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 ©2009, The Authors
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