• Assessing Nutrition Knowledge in Future Healthcare Professionals

      Warholak, Terri; Zale, Amanda; Peragine, Johanna; Warholak, Terri; College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona (The University of Arizona., 2015)
      Objectives: The purpose of this study was to measure and compare basic nutritional knowledge in first year health professional students. Authors hypothesized that nursing students would have more nutritional knowledge since a nutrition prerequisite was required. Methods: In fall 2013 authors’ surveyed 244 subjects at a University, comprising of first-year medicine, pharmacy, and nursing students. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was performed utilizing a print-based questionnaire containing 3 descriptive and 14 multiple-choice questions (21 total points). Each college’s average score was compared using chi-square analysis. The a priori alpha was 0.05 (Bonferroni correction = 0.016). Results: The overall response rate was 93%; 91%, 97%, and 92% for Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, respectively. Average scores per college were: 6.50±1.76, 5.88±2.00, and 5.72±2.08, respectively. Analyses showed no significant difference between groups (p>0.016). Conclusions: Although no difference in nutritional knowledge was identified between groups, the low scores reflect insufficient knowledge and suggest the need to re-evaluate curricula.