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Fam Pract. 2004 Aug;21(4):425-8.

GPs' needs for practice-oriented nutrition education; a Delphi study among Dutch GPs.

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Department of General Practice, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.



Published guidelines and lists of topics in nutrition education for GPs are affected by practical drawbacks, which prevent them from being easily implemented in vocational training curricula.


Our aim was to draw up a concise priority list of disease-related nutrition topics reflecting the needs among Dutch GPs for nutrition education geared to everyday practice, which can be used to decide on the main topics and educational content of computer-based instruction.


This was a two-round Delphi study, using pilot-tested questionnaires carried out among 41 GPs who attended a national CME meeting on nutrition in The Netherlands. Sum scores of, and summarized comments on nutrition topics and their frequencies in top-10 lists drawn up by respondents were the main outcome measures.


The response in both Delphi rounds was high (93 and 95%). Analysis of questionnaires in both rounds yielded a priority list of disease-related nutrition topics, with the 14 highest ranking topics identical in both rounds. A fifteenth topic, only found in the second questionnaire, completed the priority list. A group of experts assessed this list as fully acceptable.


It was possible to compile a priority list of disease-related nutrition topics reflecting the needs of GPs for nutrition education. Based on the results of the Delphi study, we generated the following list of five priority topics: weight problems; diabetes mellitus; hypercholesterolaemia; intestinal complaints; and hypertension. This list of five and the summarized comments of respondents will determine the main topics and educational content of a computer-based instruction we are currently developing.

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