Australian general practitioners' views regarding providing nutrition care: results of a national survey

Crowley, J., O'Connell, S., Kavka, A., Ball, L. and Nowson, C.A. 2016, Australian general practitioners' views regarding providing nutrition care: results of a national survey, Public health, vol. 140, pp. 7-13, doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.08.013.

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Title Australian general practitioners' views regarding providing nutrition care: results of a national survey
Author(s) Crowley, J.
O'Connell, S.
Kavka, A.
Ball, L.
Nowson, C.A.ORCID iD for Nowson, C.A.
Journal name Public health
Volume number 140
Start page 7
End page 13
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 1476-5616
Keyword(s) Chronic disease
General practitioners
Nutrition care
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary BACKGROUND: The prevalence of chronic disease is considerable, and dietary behaviours influence the progression of many chronic diseases. Practice guidelines recommend that general practitioners (GPs) promote healthy dietary behaviours in relevant consultations with patients in order to improve health outcomes at a population level.

OBJECTIVE: To describe GPs' perceived interest, confidence and barriers to support patients to have a healthy diet.

METHOD: A 24-item online and written survey was distributed in a national weekly newsletter to GPs in Australia. Results were descriptively analysed and investigated for associations with GPs' demographic characteristics.

RESULTS: A total of 322 GPs responded to the survey. Nearly all (n = 295, 91.6%) were interested in supporting patients to eat well, and most (n = 231, 71.7%) reported moderately high confidence for providing nutrition care with clear public health messages for conditions, such as cardiovascular disease. Many GPs (n = 170, 52.8%) cited lack of time as the biggest barrier to providing nutrition care, and the overwhelming majority (n = 289, 89.8%) were interested in receiving additional education and training to enhance their nutrition knowledge and skills.

DISCUSSION: Many GPs are interested in nutrition and would benefit from educational programmes that improve their competence to provide nutrition care. Professional development opportunities should focus on the identification of nutritional risk and the promotion of healthy dietary behaviours within the time constraints of a standard consultation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.08.013
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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