As the obesity epidemic continues to grow, it is imperative that
healthcare providers and their patients are well versed in methods to
combat the disease as well as associated comorbidities. And now, a
recent survey shows the willingness of healthcare providers to increase
their knowledge on this subject.
A 28-question survey, created by a team from the NYU Langone Center
for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, was administered to more
than 200 cardiologists and internal medicine physicians and trainees.
The survey was created to find gaps in nutritional knowledge as well as
evaluate the attitudes and practices of physicians in regards to diet
and cardiovascular disease. What they found was the majority was open to
additional training and thought it would improve their patient care.
Most of the survey respondents — 78 percent — were open to additional
training and thought it would result in better patient care. Just over
half of the physicians said they currently spend three minutes or less
educating patients on diet and lifestyle.
Overall, the survey sheds light on the physicians’ understanding of
nutritional principles, their practical knowledge, and the frequency the
provider refers a patient to a dietitian or nutritionist. (Most of the
physicians didn't routinely refer their patients to a dietitian or
nutritionist.) Information gathered from survey will hopefully help
providers and ultimately help their patients. It’s a step in the right
direction for us to better understand diet and cardiovascular disease
and use the information to better treat and prevent comorbidities in
“The fact that most physicians would welcome additional training in
diet is a useful — and hopeful — finding of the study. It speaks to
where we are now in medicine. Patients, too, are looking for additional
ways to improve their cardiovascular risk,” says Nichole Harkin, MD,
chief cardiology fellow at the NYU Langone Center for the Prevention of
If you are one of the many healthcare professionals interested in
increasing your knowledge of diet and lifestyle change for your
patients, join us at the 7th Annual Obesity Treatment and Prevention
Conference in Baltimore, July 23-25, 2015. It’s the most comprehensive
conference available. Visit www.Obesity-conference.com to learn more.
Source: NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine
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