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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1973. Department of Food and Nutrition.


Copyright 1973, the author. Used by permission.


Nutrition is of fundamental importance in normal growth and development, in maintenance of health, and in convalescence from most medical conditions and surgical procedures.It is essential that the physician possess adequate knowledge of nutrition and the ability to apply this knowledge to therapeutic situations which may arise during the treatment and teaching of patients.The professional literature indicates that there is a need to examine the nutrition knowledge of physicians and the factors influencing this knowledge.

The primary objectives of this study were to determine: (1) the physician’s knowledge of nutrition, (2) the physician’s attitude toward nutrition and (3) the relationship between these factors. Contributing objectives examined in this study were the factors influencing the nutrition knowledge and attitudes of physicians, namely age, number of years in practice, type of practice, specialization in practice and formal nutrition education.The knowledge test was designed to measure basic and therapeutic nutrition knowledge.The attitude survey was designed to measure attitudes toward: (1) nutrition and diet therapy, (2) the profession of dietetics, (3) the role of the physician in nutrition education and (4) nutrition education in medical school.

Advisor: Hazel M. Fox