A survey of nutrition knowledge, practice, attitudes and behaviour of general practitioner trainees in Ireland

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Background: Medical research has acknowledged the relationship between nutrition and the development of chronic diseases, as well as the interaction between disease and nutritional status. However, nutrition education in the medical curriculum has been far from adequate. The present study was undertaken to examine the current status of nutrition awareness amongst general practitioner trainees throughout Ireland. Methods: A self-administered questionnaire (Q1) was used to assess the nutrition knowledge, attitudes, practice and behaviour of one hundred final year general practitioner trainees. A second questionnaire [Q2] was sent to the relevant medical faculties to ascertain the level of nutrition taught within the medical curricula. Results: The overall response rate to Q1 was 52% (34 females, 18 males). Respondents showed little awareness that nutrition had been included in their medical training. Q2 verified that nutrition mostly featured in the biochemistry component of the medical curricula. The results indicate the need to improve basic nutritional knowledge and its application in clinical practice. The disparity between the perceived importance of nutrition and personal lifestyle behaviours concurred with other studies. Conclusion: The general practitioner trainees were ill equipped to appreciate and Value the extent of dietetic intervention for nutrition-related problems in clinical practice.
LanguageEnglish
Pages219-228
JournalJournal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Volume10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1997

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Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Nutrition Surveys
Ireland
Curriculum
General Practitioners
Nutritional Status
Medical Faculties
Dietetics
Medical Education
Biochemistry
Biomedical Research
Life Style
Chronic Disease
Surveys and Questionnaires

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