Nutrition as Medicine, Food Sensitivities, and Chronic Disease: a Mini Curriculum Shaped by Transformative Learning Theory
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Nutrition-related diseases are preventable twenty-first-century health problems. Students report being underprepared for nutritional therapeutics. We developed a mini, spiral curriculum shaped by transformative learning theory and centered on nutrition as medicine, food sensitivities, and chronic disease to kick-start a shift in cognition, attitudes, and skills. Seven demographically representative students participated in the 3-week curriculum. Visual, textual, and verbal data were captured and analyzed qualitatively. We found the curriculum evoked paradigm transformation that persisted 6 months later and facilitated opportunities for our cohort to self-identify learning gaps and consider how they related to their current and future goals for patient care.
KeywordsChronic disease Food sensitivities Intestinal permeability Lifestyle medicine Nutrition Medical students
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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