An exploration of individuals' preferences for nutrition care from Australian primary care health professionals

Ball, Lauren, Desbrow, Ben and Leveritt, Michael (2013) An exploration of individuals' preferences for nutrition care from Australian primary care health professionals. Australian Journal of Primary Health, Article in press . doi:10.1071/PY12127


Author Ball, Lauren
Desbrow, Ben
Leveritt, Michael
Title An exploration of individuals' preferences for nutrition care from Australian primary care health professionals
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Publication date 2013-02-22
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY12127
Volume Article in press
Total pages 8
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract This qualitative study explored individuals’ preferences regarding the provision of nutrition care from Australian health professionals and the factors influencing their preferences. Thirty-eight individuals aged 538 years, living with a lifestyle-related chronic disease or risk factor for lifestyle-related chronic disease, participated in a semi-structured telephone interview. Participants were asked questions regarding their perceptions of which Australian health professionals provide nutrition care, their preferences for this care and the factors influencing their preferences. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically using a constant-comparison approach. General practitioners were the most recognised health professional that provided nutrition care to patients, followed by dietitians. General practitioners were regarded by most participants as the preferred provider of nutrition care because they were perceived to provide trustworthy and personalised nutrition care. Participants reported confusion regarding the professional differences between dietitians and nutritionists, and appealed for more information to be available to individuals that are considering consulting an Australian health professional for nutrition care. The findings of this study suggest that general practitioners are the preferred providers of nutrition care for many individuals living with a lifestyle-related chronic disease. Considering the increasing presentation of patients with lifestyle-related chronic disease in general practice, it is anticipated that the demand on general practitioners to provide nutrition care to patients will increase in the future.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 22 February 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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