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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kristina L Penniston, PhD, RD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: In this book, the authors bring to bear their collective experience in educating clinicians about the importance of nutrition for preventing and managing disease. The book is unique in that it not only provides factual and scientifically sound nutrition information but also strategies to incorporate nutrition therapy into practice. Appendixes list food sources of many of nutrients that are most often deficient in the diet, a section contains review questions, and a good index competes the book.
Purpose: Designed as a reference, the purpose of the book is to serve as a common-sense nutrition resource for practicing clinicians. Given that nutrition education of non-nutrition clinicians is minimal at best, the book is much needed.
Audience: It is written for medical professionals of all types. The authors are a credible team as Dr. Deen has long been involved in training physicians on nutrition and health and Dr. Hark, a registered dietitian, has extensive experience in nutrition counseling.
Features: Specific sections on the most common diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, GI disorders, as well as on less common diseases, provide essential nutrition information. Unique feature are the additional sections devoted to implementing structural changes in the primary care setting to include nutrition screening and assessment. While information on vitamins, minerals, and even basic nutrition therapy for patients with various diseases is available in many other books, the authors here make a unique contribution by going further and providing primary care practitioners with practical information about such things as reimbursement for nutrition-related problems, medical coding, assessing patients' barriers to adherence to nutrition therapy, prioritizing nutrition interventions, and specific suggestions for helping patients change their behaviors. Additionally, the chapter on supplements and alternative nutrition therapies provides a useful starting point for practitioners who may wish to learn more about such therapies.
Assessment: This book should find a place on the shelves of primary care clinicians who take nutrition seriously. While the authors provide encouragement to clinicians to conduct nutrition screening and assessment of their patients, they also note the unique contributions that registered dietitians can make in the provision of medical nutrition therapy for prevention and management of chronic disease.