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October 23, 2020 - Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine

Poll Finds Most N.Y. Doctors Think Nutrition Education Should Be Required for Physicians

Poll Finds Most N.Y. Doctors Think Nutrition Education Should Be Required for Physicians
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In New York State, the leading COVID-19 comorbidities are high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol—chronic conditions that can often be improved or eliminated with good nutrition. But many physicians feel unprepared to provide their patients with nutrition counseling.

A poll of New York State physicians finds that 82% would be more likely to discuss nutrition with patients if they had more nutrition training, and 64% think doctors should be required to take continuing medical education (CME) for nutrition.

The poll, commissioned by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies, asked 224 New York State physicians with specialties including cardiology, internal medicine, and pediatrics about their nutrition education and preparedness to offer patients nutrition counselling. The poll also found that:

  • 56% do not currently opt to take nutrition courses in their CME.
  • 71% are not satisfied with the amount of nutrition coursework they were offered during their medical education.
  • 90% feel nutritional guidance should be a routine part of patient visits.

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