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Author: Wayne J. Altman, M.D.

Medical Interviewing and the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Fall 2011
W. Altman, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine

Introduction to Foundations of Patient Care (FPC)

Obesity is soon to be the number one cause of preventable death in America, passing nicotine. According to the CDC, 1/3 of all kids born after the year 2000 will develop type 2 Diabetes. Furthermore, the current generation of children is projected to be the first generation in history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. For all these reasons and more, obesity will be the single most important epidemic of our professional lives. As such, physicians have a responsibility to counsel their patients effectively on issues related to nutrition

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lecture, you will be able to:

  • Recognize diet-related illnesses

  • Identify approaches to counsel patients with a variety of ailments, on nutrition

Specific competencies students are expected to perform within the context of practice after this lecture.

  1. Elicit the patient’s nutritional habits and understanding

    1. Elicit a Usual Day’s intake in less than 5 minutes

    2. Avoid making judgmental comments while collecting nutritional data

    3. Present a succinct, organized nutritional history that allows you to develop an action plan

  2. Utilize the basics of nutrition in an organized fashion with the "Tufts Nutrition Truth" Nutrition Brochure