Symposium Session: Information Overload! Helping Patients Distinguish Evidence-Based vs. Anecdotal Nutrition Strategies
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2000, 4000, 4040, 5150, 5160, 9020; Level 2
Patients are inundated with information about nutrition, but much of what they see on the Internet and in magazines is based on anecdotal stories or single studies. How can we help them focus on the choices most likely to make a difference? In this presentation, we will look at examples of what patients may be hearing, examine these ideas in light of current nutrition research and recommendations, and discuss how we might respond when people ask or make statements about what they see in the media.
After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Identify at least three common examples of nutrition misinformation circulating in the media.
- Formulate research-based responses they could provide to patients or clients who ask about topics often populated by misinformation.
- Provide patients with steps to identify red flags for potential misinformation as well as sources of reliable information.
Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND
Nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research, consulting from Buffalo, NY, area. Coauthor of the "Nutrition and Cancer Prevention" chapter in third edition of The Clinical Guide to Oncology Nutrition. Cardiometabolic Health Alliance Think Tank participant, representing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- 1.00 CDR