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Study Finds Physicians and Nurses Both Take and Recommend Dietary Supplements
Date:11/13/2007

- Personal Use May Not Influence Recommendation - - Higher Percentage of Physicians, Nurses Take Supplements than Consumers -

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The landmark "Life...supplemented" Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study found that more than three quarters of U.S. physicians (79 percent) and nurses (82 percent) recommend dietary supplements to their patients. The study also shows that an almost equal number -- 72 percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses -- personally use vitamin, mineral, herbal and other supplements either regularly, occasionally or seasonally, which is a higher percentage than the 68 percent (1) of adults who report they take nutritional or dietary supplements.

With mainstream use of dietary supplements in the U.S. -- more than 150 million Americans take them each year -- the 2007 "Life ... supplemented" HCP Impact Study on dietary supplements was designed to evaluate the personal attitudes and use of dietary supplements by physicians and nurses and to determine if those factors impact whether they recommend supplements for their patients. The study was sponsored by the "Life ... supplemented" consumer wellness campaign, which is managed by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

Who Recommends Supplements? Of the 72 percent of physicians who use supplements, 85 percent also recommend them to their patients; and of the 28 percent of physicians who do not use supplements, three out of five (62 percent) still recommend them.

"It is common sense that physicians who personally take supplements also recommend them to their patients," said Donnica Moore, M.D., president of the Sapphire Women's Health Group and a member of the study's physician advisor team.* She added, "It's interesting that the majority of physicians who don't use supplements still recognize their patients may benefit from them. Although the study doesn't provide an explanation, it may simply be that physicians recommend
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