Contribution of Australian cardiologists, general practitioners and dietitians to adult cardiac patients' dietary behavioural change

Sylvia E M Pomeroy, Anthony Worsley

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Aim: To investigate the use of behavioural change techniques by cardiologists, general practitioners and dietitians in adult cardiac patients within 12months of their cardiac event. Method: Quantitative cross-sectional surveys. Frequency analyses were conducted on the respondents' answers to questionnaire items. Chi-squared test of independence compared responses of the three professional groups on the questionnaire items. Analyses of variance were conducted to explore the impact of the independent variables: age, sex and time worked on the behavioural change techniques used by the respondents. Results: The respondents included 248 general practitioners (30% response), 189 cardiologists (47% response) and 180 dietitians (60% response). General practitioners and cardiologists acted mainly as advocates for dietary change in the dietary management process. Dietitians provided nutrition knowledge and a range of techniques to assist dietary behavioural change. Cardiologists and dietitians shared little nutrition information with general practitioners (cardiologists with general practitioners = 8%, dietitians with general practitioners = 49%). Conclusion: The present study shows that cardiac patients may have insufficient access to knowledge of nutrition and techniques to assist them with dietary behavioural change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-80
Number of pages7
JournalNutrition and Dietetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Behaviour change
  • Cardiology
  • Dietetics
  • General practitioner
  • Nutrition
  • Problem solving

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