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Setting priorities for research in medical nutrition education: An international approach

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objectives: To identify the research priorities for medical nutrition education worldwide. Design A 5-step stakeholder engagement process based on methodological guidelines for identifying research priorities in health. Participants: 277 individuals were identified as representatives for 30 different stakeholder organisations across 86 countries. The stakeholder organisations represented the views of medical educators, medical students, doctors, patients and researchers in medical education. Interventions Each stakeholder representative was asked to provide up to three research questions that should be deemed as a priority for medical nutrition education. Main outcome measures Research questions were critically appraised for answerability, sustainability, effectiveness, potential for translation and potential to impact on disease burden. A blinded scoring system was used to rank the appraised questions, with higher scores indicating higher priority (range of scores possible 36-108). Results: 37 submissions were received, of which 25 were unique research questions. Submitted questions received a range of scores from 62 to 106 points. The highest scoring questions focused on (1) increasing the confidence of medical students and doctors in providing nutrition care to patients, (2) clarifying the essential nutrition skills doctors should acquire, (3) understanding the effectiveness of doctors at influencing dietary behaviours and (4) improving medical students' attitudes towards the importance of nutrition. Conclusions: These research questions can be used to ensure future projects in medical nutrition education directly align with the needs and preferences of research stakeholders. Funders should consider these priorities in their commissioning of research.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Publisher


Citation


  • Ball, L., Barnes, K., Laur, C., Crowley, J., & Ray, S. (2016). Setting priorities for research in medical nutrition education: An international approach. BMJ Open, 6(12). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013241

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85006515907

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 12

Abstract


  • Objectives: To identify the research priorities for medical nutrition education worldwide. Design A 5-step stakeholder engagement process based on methodological guidelines for identifying research priorities in health. Participants: 277 individuals were identified as representatives for 30 different stakeholder organisations across 86 countries. The stakeholder organisations represented the views of medical educators, medical students, doctors, patients and researchers in medical education. Interventions Each stakeholder representative was asked to provide up to three research questions that should be deemed as a priority for medical nutrition education. Main outcome measures Research questions were critically appraised for answerability, sustainability, effectiveness, potential for translation and potential to impact on disease burden. A blinded scoring system was used to rank the appraised questions, with higher scores indicating higher priority (range of scores possible 36-108). Results: 37 submissions were received, of which 25 were unique research questions. Submitted questions received a range of scores from 62 to 106 points. The highest scoring questions focused on (1) increasing the confidence of medical students and doctors in providing nutrition care to patients, (2) clarifying the essential nutrition skills doctors should acquire, (3) understanding the effectiveness of doctors at influencing dietary behaviours and (4) improving medical students' attitudes towards the importance of nutrition. Conclusions: These research questions can be used to ensure future projects in medical nutrition education directly align with the needs and preferences of research stakeholders. Funders should consider these priorities in their commissioning of research.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Publisher


Citation


  • Ball, L., Barnes, K., Laur, C., Crowley, J., & Ray, S. (2016). Setting priorities for research in medical nutrition education: An international approach. BMJ Open, 6(12). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013241

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85006515907

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 12