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Healthcare 2015, 3(1), 64-77; doi:10.3390/healthcare3010064

Dietary Advice and Collaborative Working: Do Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals Other Than Dietitians Have a Role?

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School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB, UK
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School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB, UK
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Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, HP21 8AL, UK
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Samir Samman and Ian Darnton-Hill
Received: 24 December 2014 / Accepted: 3 February 2015 / Published: 12 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Close Relationship: Health and Nutrition)
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Abstract

Long term health conditions either wholly or partly diet-related continue to increase. Although pharmacists and allied health professionals (AHPs) have a role in the management of patients with long term conditions, there is limited research exploring whether pharmacists and AHPs other than dietitians have a role in the delivery of dietary advice. This research aimed to explore their views regarding the provision of dietary advice to patients. The research involved a qualitative methodology utilising five uni-professional focus groups with a total of 23 participants. All groups considered the provision of dietary advice in the context of their own professional roles, discussed issues relating to referral to the dietitian for specialist advice and most discussed the need for written information. Interprofessional and collaborative working is needed to maximise the role in the delivery of dietary advice, access to evidence based nutritional information and utlisation of referral pathways across pharmacists and AHPs to ensure the timely provision of nutritional advice to patients. There is a potential role for dietitians to take the lead and further research should focus on this area. View Full-Text
Keywords: allied health professional; pharmacist; interprofessional; nutrition; diet; focus groups allied health professional; pharmacist; interprofessional; nutrition; diet; focus groups
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McClinchy, J.; Williams, J.; Gordon, L.; Cairns, M.; Fairey, G. Dietary Advice and Collaborative Working: Do Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals Other Than Dietitians Have a Role? Healthcare 2015, 3, 64-77.

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