An article by Sierpine et al. entitled “Nutritional Deficiency in Healthcare Education” describes some interesting statistics that I’d like to share.
“Although 61% of patients believe doctors are a very credible source of nutrition information, only 14% of residents believe they receive sufficient training in nutrition. These statistics fly in the face of data that behavior factors and the emerging field of lifestyle medicine play a much larger role in health care outcomes than, genetics, medication, and many other medical or surgical interventions. It is also at odds with graduates’ self-perceived lack of efficacy in the competencies needed to counsel and motivate patients to modify their behavior to eat in healthier ways.”
One of the ways to remedy this situation is the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives (HKHL) CME course. I heard a talk by Dr. Eisenberg sometime last year and he mentioned this program as a way for physicians to learn the basics of nutrition, how to cook and enjoy healthy food, and provide them with resources to educate themselves as well as their patients. Many people argue that physicians who have healthy eating habits are better able to educate their patients (which makes sense), and the best way to educate people about food is to cook it and eat it! Plus, who wouldn’t want to spend a couple days in Napa Valley?