Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 89–92 | Cite as

Nutrition assessment and counseling practices

Attitudes and interests of primary care physicians
  • Karen Glanz
  • Chariklia Tziraki
  • Cheryl L. Albright
  • Jorge Fernandes
Brief Reports


This survey examined the nutrition-related practices and office services of primary care physicians, and their preferred nutrition topics and educational methods. Respondents were 960 physicians from across the United States who were members of the Society of General Internal Medicine. A four-page mailed questionnaire with 21 items queried background information, nutrition-related clinical practices and office support systems, perceived self-efficacy for nutrition assessment and counseling, and nutrition-related educational preferences. Two-thirds of the respondents said they personally provided nutrition counseling. They reported moderate selfefficacy for nutrition counseling and lower confidence for using specific relapse prevention strategies. Greatest interest in further education related to chronic disease prevention and nutrition for the elderly, provided in convenient formats for practicing physicians.

Key Words

nutrition counseling nutrition assessment primary care physicians nutrition education 


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© Society of General Internal Medicine 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Glanz
    • 1
  • Chariklia Tziraki
    • 2
    • 3
  • Cheryl L. Albright
    • 4
  • Jorge Fernandes
    • 1
  1. 1.the Cancer Research Center of HawaiiUniversity of HawaiiHonolulu
  2. 2.the Division of Cancer Prevention and ControlNational Cancer InstituteBethesda
  3. 3.The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Care SciencesWashington, DC
  4. 4.Stanford University School of MedicineStanford

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