Table 1

Physicians' views of their workplace nutrition

Impact of inadequate nutrition


Emotional symptoms

Irritability, impatience, frustration, emotionally drained


Physical symptoms

Tired, hungry, nauseated, feel unwell, hypoglycemic symptoms


Cognitive symptoms

Can't focus, concentrate or think clearly, poor/slower decision making and performance, less efficiency


Negative impact on ability to complete work

Decreased efficiency, lack of focus


Negative impact on interactions with colleagues, other health care professionals and patients

Irritability, less gregarious


Barriers to nutrition


Lack of time

Too busy, no time to eat, heavy workload, timing of work schedules


Limited access to nutrition and water and/or inconvenience

Location of food stations, hours of operation, line ups, no areas to store food from home


Limited food choices

In terms of quality, healthy foods, appeal, variety


Work ethic

Need to get the work done, work and patients come first


Professionalism/doctors attitudes

Inappropriateness of eating around patients, carrying food around, physician does not prioritize personal wellness


Cost


Impact of participating in a nutrition based wellness initiative


Increased awareness of workplace nutrition and impact

Noted their own irregular or poor eating and drinking habits, increased awareness of link between nutrition patterns and mood and performance


Intention to change future nutrition habits

Will snack and drink more regularly, will not skip meals


Lemaire et al. Nutrition Journal 2011 10:18   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-10-18

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