November 17, 2023
Resources to Focus on Importance and Role of Nutrition in Patient Care
By Eileen Denne CAE, APR
March 16, 2020
Last year, AAPA launched a nutrition-focused national collaborative sponsored by Abbott to empower PAs to elevate their role in nutrition counseling in everyday practice. In 2020, AAPA and Abbott will again join forces to offer monthly nutrition-related content on AAPA’s website for PAs to further develop their awareness and understanding of the fundamental principles of nutrition and intervention strategies.
“PAs are on the front lines of patient care and are in a unique position to initiate discussions around ways to improve nutritional decision-making,” said David E. Mittman, president and chair of the Board of AAPA. “We appreciate that Abbott recognizes the critical role PAs play in healthcare and their willingness to partner with AAPA to elevate the health and well-being of the millions of patients seen by PAs every year.”
According to research conducted by AAPA, nutrition is top-of-mind for PAs with 66% of PAs stating that they encounter nutrition-related problems or issues in their clinical practice; most frequently diabetes, weight loss diets, and lipid/cholesterol issues. Most importantly, more than 60% of PAs say they are interested in training on the importance and the role of nutrition in patient care.
“Nutrition is the foundation to healthy living and here at Abbott, we provide resources to help people live their best life. As a leader in nutrition science, research and development, our goal is to deliver nutrition products and education that meet the changing needs of families across the world. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with AAPA and with PAs across the country,” said Mindi Myser, divisional vice president, Therapeutic Nutrition, Abbott.
The sponsored content from AAPA and Abbott will focus on different aspects of nutrition such as how to conduct patient conversations, optimizing nutrition, and facts about oral nutrition supplements. Other columns will provide patient resources related to nutritional snacks, popular eating plans, fad diets, and approaches to optimizing nutrition.
Attendees of AAPA’s Leadership and Advocacy Summit, held on March 5-7, 2020, benefited from an in-person learning opportunity. On Friday, March 6, Suela Sulo, PhD, MSc, director, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research & Policy, Abbott, spoke about the wide-ranging impact of better nutrition for patients.
In March, AAPA and Abbott look forward to sharing more information about the PA Foundation Nutrition Outreach Fellowship, sponsored by Abbott. Through the Fellowship, participating PAs, will receive special training and resources on nutrition to both enhance their clinical practice and to give back through community outreach.
For more information, about the AAPA partnership with Abbott, email [email protected].
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