Helping Those Who Help

Helping those who help

The demand on all health professionals to provide nutrition care is increasing. Aside from dietitians and nutritionists, other health professionals including general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, and occupational therapists increasingly find themselves needing to discuss nutrition in consultations to best support their patients. However, very few health professionals are trained in how to support lifestyle behaviour change and feel they have low knowledge, especially in nutrition. Other challenges such as lack of time, low funding and low confidence prevent many health professionals from having discussions about lifestyle behaviours when caring for patients.  

Our aim is to make sure that all health professionals have the confidence and knowledge to promote the importance of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles with patients, as well as the skills to integrate evidence-based information into routine care for all patients.

We are interested in questions about primary care professionals such as:

  • ‘What is the ideal role of health professionals in supporting people to improve their dietary intake?’
  • ‘How effective are health professionals at supporting people to improve their dietary intake?’
  • ‘How confident do health professionals feel when discussing nutrition with patients?’
  • ‘What does nutrition care ‘look like’ and include?’

Recent publications include:

  1. Algassimi A, Shah H, Sendi R, Exmeirlly H, Ball L, Bakarman M. Nutrition Competence of Primary Care Physicians in Saudi Arabia: a Cross-Sectional Investigation. BMJ Open (Accepted Nov 2019)
  2. Crowley J, Ball L, Hiddink G. Nutrition Care by Primary Care Providers: Advancing our Understanding using the COM-B framework. Public Health Nutrition (Accepted September 2019)
  3. Barnes K, Beach B, Ball L, Desbrow B. Clients expect nutrition care to be provided by personal trainers in Australia. Nutrition & Dietetics (Accepted April 2019).
  4. Williams L, Barnes K, Ball L, Ross L, Sladdin I, Mitchell L. How effective are dietitians in weight management? A systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs. Healthcare 2019, 7(1), 20-25.
  5. Ross L, Barnes K, Ball L, Mitchell L, Sladdin I, Lee P, Williams L. Effectiveness of dietetic consultations for lowering blood lipid levels in the management of cardiovascular disease risk: systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs. Nutrition & Dietetics (Online early view).
  6. Ball L, Sladdin I, Mitchell L, Barnes K, Ross L, Williams L. Quality of development and reporting of dietetic intervention studies in primary care: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics 2018, 31(1):47-57.
  7. Barnes K, Ball L, Desbrow An international comparison of nutrition education standards, occupational standards and scopes of practice for personal trainers. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 2017, 27(6):507-519.
  8. Mitchell L, Ball L, Ross L, Barnes K, Williams L. Effectiveness of dietetic consultations in primary health care: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 2017, 117(12):1941-1962.
  9. Crowley J, Ball L, Wall C. Nutrition advice provided by general practice registrars: An investigation using patient scenarios. Public Health, 2016, 140:17-22.
  10. Crowley J, O’Connor S, Kavka A, Ball L, Nowson C. Australian General Practitioners’ views regarding providing nutrition care: results of a national survey. Public Health, 2016, 140:7-13.