Nutrition knowledge, attitude and practice among primary care physicians in Taiwan

Xue Ping Hu, Mei Yiao Wu, Jen Fang Liu

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Objective: To investigate nutritional knowledge, attitude and practices among primary care physicians in the Taiwan area. Method: A closed-end questionnaire containing 26 knowledge questions. 12 attitude statements and 12 practice statements was mailed to physicians on the mailing list of the National Health Administration (NHA). Results: The data reported are based on the responses of 27% of the total 1210 primary care physicians in the Taiwan area. Physicians answered 59% of the total knowledge questions correctly, with a tendency to score higher on general knowledge than clinical nutrition. The majority of physicians tended to agree with the positive-attitude statements and disagree with the negative-attitude statements. The performance of physicians regarding personal practices was less than that for job-related practices. Conclusions: This nationwide survey of nutrition- related knowledge and practices demonstrates the need for nutrition education for physicians. The questionnaire may be a useful instrument for future educational strategies in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-442
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American College of Nutrition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1997


  • Attitude
  • Nutrition knowledge
  • Practice
  • Primary care physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science


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