Attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of Australia dietitians regarding dietary supplements: A cross-sectional survey

Wolfgang Marx, Nicole Kiss, Daniel McKavanagh, Elisabeth Isenring

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Background The aim of this study was to investigate the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of Australian dietitians regarding dietary supplements. Methods An online survey was disseminated through the mailing lists of multiple healthcare organizations. There were 231 Australian dietitians that replied to the online survey. 

Results The results indicate that Australian dietitians are interested in dietary supplements (65%); however, the results also indicate that Australian dietitians are tentative about integrating dietary supplements into their dietetic practice. Concerns regarding potential drug-nutrient/herbal interactions were reported as the primary barrier (67%) to utilizing dietary supplements as part of clinical practice. In addition, there was a strong interest in additional training in dietary supplements (79%). 

Conclusions In summary, Australian dietitians are interested in the use of dietary supplements; however, due to current barriers, few dietitians utilize dietary supplements as part of dietetic practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 25, 01.11.2016, p. 87-91.

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