Journal of Biomedical Education / 2015 / Article / Tab 2

Research Article

Confidence and Attitudes of Doctors and Dietitians towards Nutrition Care and Nutrition Advocacy for Hospital Patients in Kolkata, India

Table 2

Attitudes of doctors and dietitians towards nutrition care ().

ItemAgreeNeutralDisagreeDifference between groups
DoctorDietitianDoctorDietitianDoctorDietitian
(%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%)

Nutrition advice and counselling should be part of routine care by all healthcare professionals, regardless of specialty.114 (93)49 (88)7 (6)0 (0)0 (0)6 (11) > 0.05*

It is important to address the importance of diet whenever caring for a patient.116 (94)54 (96)3 (2)0 (0)1 (1)1 (1) > 0.05*

Most doctors are not adequately trained to discuss nutrition with patients.76 (62)39 (70)21 (17)13 (23)24 (20)3 (5)Dietitians agree more than doctors,

It is important to advocate diet and activity balance to promote weight control.111 (90)53 (95)7 (6)2 (4)1 (1)0 (0) > 0.05*

It is important to recognise and treat risk of malnutrition as required.115 (93)53 (95)5 (4)1 (2)0 (0)1 (2) > 0.05*

Patients requiring more specialised nutrition advice require referral to a dietitian/nutritionist.111 (90)54 (96)6 (5)0 (0)3 (2)0 (0) > 0.05*

Doctors require the support of health professionals such as nurses and dietitians to reinforce patient nutrition education.113 (92)51 (91)8 (7)3 (5)0 (0)0 (0) > 0.05*

Dietitians require the support of healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses to reinforce patient nutrition education. 114 (93)52 (93)6 (5)2 (4)0 (0)1 (2) > 0.05*

* violated the assumptions of chi-square analyses (expected cell count <5).

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