If You Don’t Eat Meat? You’ll Die. A Mixed-Method Survey of Health-Professionals’ Beliefs.

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If You Don’t Eat Meat? You’ll Die. A Mixed-Method Survey of Health-Professionals’ Beliefs.

Nutrients. 2019 Dec 11;11(12):

Authors: McHugh P, Smith M, Wright N, Bush S, Pullon S

Despite an ever-increasing burden of non-communicable diseases and overwhelming evidence that good nutrition improves outcomes it is difficult to know whether this evidence is reaching the general population. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether health professionals in Tair?whiti have sufficient nutrition education for their roles in health education and promotion and whether nutrition beliefs held by health professionals were consistent with current literature. A particular interest was to enlist views on the harms, benefits, and possible barriers to following plant-based diets. A mixed-methods study involving health professionals completing a questionnaire and a subsequent focus group to collect data was used. Survey data were analysed using spreadsheet software, and thematic content analysis of focus group data was undertaken. Participants provided nutrition advice 2.4 times per day. Almost half of practitioners considered their nutrition knowledge to be inadequate, and most made poor use of references for provision of information. Plant-based diets were generally viewed as beneficial to health, improve quality of life, be filling, but were perceived as not as easy to follow. This study is in keeping with previous research that the health workforce would benefit from more formalised nutrition education and competencies to address common chronic disease.

PMID: 31835856 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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