Title

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

Date of this Version

11-2016

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Marx, W., Kiss, N., McKavanagh, D., & Isenring, E. (2016). Attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of Australia dietitians regarding dietary supplements: A cross-sectional survey. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 25, 87-91.

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Copyright © 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

ISSN

1744-3881

Abstract

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.

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