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Dieticians in the National Health Services
Health Sciences & Medicine
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Nutrition is an acknowledged factor in promoting and maintaining health (Evans et al, 1994) yet there is limited and unequal access by the public to community-based, primary health care nutrition services. This article focuses on the important leadership role played by dieticians in health care services through health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, support and rehabilitation…
1993). Such difficulty may be related to inadequate training in nutrition and dietetics; a subject which rarely receives sufficient attention in undergraduate and postgraduate education, particularly among the medical profession (Summerbell 1996).
World Health Organisation (1978) provided a recognised definition of health care in its Alma Ata Declaration. According to WHO (1978), primary health care is essential health care made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community by means acceptable to them, through their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford. It forms an integral part, both of the country's health care system, of which it is the nucleus, and of the overall social and economic development of the community. It is the first level of contact of individuals, the family and community with the national health care system, bringing health care as close as possible to where people live and work and constitutes the first element of a continuing health care process. ...
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