J Physician Assist Educ 2022 Jun;33(2):94-100
Corri Wolf, PhD, PA-C, RDN, is assistant dean of accreditation and curriculum, School of Health Professions, and an associate professor for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the New York Institute of Technology in New York, New York.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine physician assistants' (PAs') current level of confidence to engage in nutrition-related tasks and their satisfaction with the nutrition education they received in PA school.
Methods: To achieve this goal, a mixed-methods approach that consisted of 3 data collection phases (qualitative online discussions, quantitative survey, and qualitative interviews) was used to explore and measure PAs' perceptions of the education they received in PA school and through other sources and how confident they felt addressing nutrition-related issues in clinical practice.
Results: While 80% of PAs endorse the idea that PAs should be more involved in providing nutritional care to patients, the majority reported basic or no knowledge of the nutritional implications of chronic conditions (69%), inflammatory bowel disease (69%), nutritional needs over the lifespan (67%), and food allergies and intolerances (64%). Read More