Clinical nutrition in primary care: An evaluation of resident physicians' attitudes and self-perceived proficiency

Han, Sarah L.; Auer, Reto; Cornuz, Jacques; Marques-Vidal, Pedro (2016). Clinical nutrition in primary care: An evaluation of resident physicians' attitudes and self-perceived proficiency. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 15, pp. 69-74. Elsevier 10.1016/j.clnesp.2016.06.005

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Background & aims: There is little information regarding the impact of clinical nutrition training among medical residents.We aimed to evaluate the attitudes, self-perceived proficiency and knowledge of Swiss residents regarding clinical nutrition. Methods: Cross-sectional study conducted between June and September 2014 in two medical education facilities located in Lausanne, Switzerland. Attitudes, self-perceived proficiency and knowledge regarding clinical nutrition were assessed by questionnaire. Results: Of the 88 internal medicine residents queried, 44 (50% response rate, 25 women, mean age 34 ± 4 years) answered the questionnaire. Three quarters of the residents were trained in Switzerland and one third reported receiving some training in clinical nutrition. Seven out of ten (70.5%) residents agreed that all doctors should know how to provide nutrition-based assessment, no matter what their specialty. Conversely, only one out of ten (11.4%) felt that physicians were adequately trained. No differences were found between genders or country of training regarding the answers provided. Conclusion: Residents in Lausanne perceive clinical nutrition in primary care as a priority but lack the confidence and training to effectively use clinical nutrition in their daily practice. © 2016 European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of General Practice and Primary Care (BIHAM)

UniBE Contributor:

Auer, Reto


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services








Beatrice Minder Wyssmann

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28 Sep 2016 10:06

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15 Aug 2019 15:30

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