University of Vermont

Office of Health Promotion Research

OHPR Abstract 74

Abstract 1990-1999

Secker-Walker RH, Morrow AL, Kresnow M, Flynn BS, et al. Family physician's attitudes about dietary advice. Fam Pract Res J. 1991 Jun;11(2):161-170.

Surveyed 123 family physicians to assess their attitudes and practices concerning the provision of dietary and nutritional advice to their patients. In all, 96% of the Ss considered nutrition counseling their responsibility, and their attitudes concurred with the accepted relationships between diet and coronary artery disease. Only 27% of the Ss routinely took a dietary history, but those who did were significantly more likely to counsel more of their patients. Most reasons for not giving dietary advice were related to perceptions that the patient was not at risk for diet-related disease. Perceived patient lack of interest and lack of compliance were also important reasons. Adequate reimbursement was seen as a moderate or major problem by 45% of the Ss.

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