Everyone out there: I would like you to raise your hand if your doctor has NOT recently talked to you about good nutrition. If you have your hand up, you are not alone – only about 12% of office visits include counselling about diet, despite there almost always being a good reason to talk about nutrition (eg diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and so forth).
Doctors out there – do you feel like you don’t do a great job in counselling your patients on good nutrition? If so, you are definitely not alone.
A recent Viewpoint paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association uncovers some important issues that limit good nutritional counselling in the doctor’s office.
Issues cited that limit doctors in providing nutritional counselling:
- Doctors receive very little nutritional training in medical school.
- Limitations of time in an appointment.
- Limitations in reimbursement (pay) for doctors to provide nutrition counselling.
- Frustration in trying to counsel on healthy food choices when our environment is so full of unhealthy choices.
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