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J Rehabil Med. 2017 Jan 31;49(2):106-112. doi: 10.2340/16501977-2178.

Time for food - training physiatrists in nutritional prescription.

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Department of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 02129 Boston, USA. rpolak@partners.org.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Sub-optimal nutrition is a leading factor in all-cause mortality, the preponderance of non-communicable chronic diseases, and various health conditions that are treated by physiatrists, such as stroke and musculoske-letal disorders. Furthermore, patients with chronic pain have a high prevalence of nutritional deficiencies, and malnutrition has been associated with limited rehabilitation outcomes in elderly patients with hospital-associated deconditioning. Thus, physiatrists may find it valuable to include nutrition in their patient services. However, discussion of nutritional counselling in the physiatry literature is rare.

OBJECTIVE:

To inform physiatrists about including nutritional counselling as part of the treatment they provide.

METHODS:

The paper reviews recommended communication skills, behavioural change strategies, and opportunities for inter-professional collaboration. Further resources to educate physiatrists both in nutritional prescription and in improving their own personal health behaviours are provided.

CONCLUSION:

Training physiatrists to address nutrition is a step-wise process, described here.

PMID:
28101556
DOI:
10.2340/16501977-2178
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