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Attitudes toward Nutrition Care among General Practitioners in Croatia

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Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, 31 000 Osijek, Croatia
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Faculty of Food Technology, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, 31 000 Osijek, Croatia
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J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7(4), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm7040060
Received: 5 March 2018 / Revised: 14 March 2018 / Accepted: 15 March 2018 / Published: 21 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Epidemiology & Public Health)
Nutrition care should be an integral part of general practitioners’ (GPs’) daily work with patients. The aim of this study was to assess the attitudes of Croatian GPs toward nutrition and nutrition care, and to evaluate the interconnection between their attitudes and implementation of nutrition care in GPs offices. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 17.0% of randomly selected GPs, from May to July of 2013, via a specially designed anonymous questionnaire. The study showed that 36.0% of the Croatian GPs had satisfactory number of positive attitudes (5 or more) toward nutrition and nutrition care. There was statistically significant difference in the median number of positive attitudes based on the additional education of GPs in nutrition and their ailment from chronic diseases (p < 0.001 and p = 0.022, respectively). The Spearman rank correlation between GPs’ attitudes toward nutrition and nutrition care and their practice, i.e., the implementation of nutrition care in GPs’ everyday work with patients was rs = −0.235 (p < 0.001). In order to provide nutrition care in GPs’ offices in Croatia, strategies for changing GPs’ attitudes toward nutrition and nutrition care are needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrition; attitudes; general practitioners; primary health care; Croatia nutrition; attitudes; general practitioners; primary health care; Croatia
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Dumic, A.; Miskulin, I.; Pavlovic, N.; Cacic Kenjeric, D.; Orkic, Z.; Miskulin, M. Attitudes toward Nutrition Care among General Practitioners in Croatia. J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 60.

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