Contributions: YP was involved in the study design and conduct as well as drafting this manuscript. LT was YP's supervisor during the work, assisted in the study design and provided editorial advice towards the manuscript.
Computerised dietary assessment interviews: Health professionals and patients' opinions about web communications
Article first published online: 28 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Nutrition & Dietetics © 2012 Dietitians Association of Australia
Nutrition & Dietetics
Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 56–63, March 2012
How to Cite
PROBST, Y. C. and TAPSELL, L. C. (2012), Computerised dietary assessment interviews: Health professionals and patients' opinions about web communications. Nutrition & Dietetics, 69: 56–63. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2011.01573.x
Y. Probst, NHMRC, Senior Research Fellow
L. Tapsell, PhD FDAA, Professor
- Issue published online: 28 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 28 FEB 2012
- Accepted June 2011
- dietary methodology;
- health services;
Aim: To describe the acceptance of DietAdvice, an automated dietary assessment website, by its stakeholders.
Methods: One-month evaluation study using audio-recorded telephone interviews with 10 patients who had used DietAdvice, 10 dietitians, 10 general practitioners who recruited many patients and 10 general practitioners who recruited few or no patients to the website to obtain their beliefs and opinions about DietAdvice, health, nutrition and technology. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed for categorical themes using NVivo software.
Results: Patients were concerned about Internet difficulties and had a preference for face-to-face interviews and dietitians felt that DietAdvice could save time prior to dietary education and counselling. Recruiting general practitioners believed that patient computer literacy was a limitation, although increased availability of dietary services created by DietAdvice. Non-recruiting general practitioners felt that they had a lack of time available to recruit patients, patient computer literacy was limited and there was a need for face-to-face contact.
Conclusion: The perspectives of patients and health-care providers show variation based on their experience with DietAdvice, their focus on nutrition and their role in the health-care system. Automated technologies are likely to play a significant part in the future of dietetics.