The self-perceived knowledge, skills and attitudes of Australian practice nurses in providing nutrition care to patients with chronic disease

Martin, Louise , Leveritt, Michael D., Desbrow, Ben and Ball, Lauren E. (2013) The self-perceived knowledge, skills and attitudes of Australian practice nurses in providing nutrition care to patients with chronic disease. Family Practice, Article in press 2: 201-208. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmt070

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Author Martin, Louise 
Leveritt, Michael D.
Desbrow, Ben
Ball, Lauren E.
Title The self-perceived knowledge, skills and attitudes of Australian practice nurses in providing nutrition care to patients with chronic disease
Journal name Family Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0263-2136
1460-2229
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/fampra/cmt070
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume Article in press
Issue 2
Start page 201
End page 208
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Nutrition is important for the management of chronic diseases. While practice nurses have numerous roles in primary care, the expectations on practice nurses to provide nutrition care for chronic disease management are increasing. The self-perceived knowledge, skills and attitudes of practice nurses in providing nutrition care has not been widely investigated.

Objectives: The aim of the present study was to investigate the perceptions of Australian practice nurses on the provision of nutrition care for chronic disease management, including specific nutrition-related activities.

Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was completed by 181 Australian practice nurses in 2013. Descriptive analyses were conducted on each survey item. The survey sample was tested for representation of the Australian practice nurse workforce, and associations between respondents’ demographic characteristics and responses to survey items were explored.

Results: Almost all practice nurses (89%) felt it was important to address diet whenever they cared for a patient. Over half of practice nurses (61%) were unsure if their practices were effective in increasing patients’ compliance with nutritional recommendations. Nearly all practice nurses (98%) perceived further education on nutrition would assist them in their role.

Conclusion: Practice nurses perceive they have an important role and favourable attitudes towards providing nutrition care; however, further training and education to enhance their self-perceived effectiveness is warranted. Future research should clarify whether an increase in nutrition-focused training results in improved effectiveness of nutrition care provided by practice nurses in terms of patient health outcomes.
Keyword Chronic disease
Family practice
General practice
Nurses
Nutrition therapy
Nutritional management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 15 November 2013.

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