Peoples, Linda

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OBJECTIVE: The project's primary goal was to educate the APP and develop positive attitudes and beliefs concerning plant-based nutrition regarding obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The project addressed a crucial gap in healthcare education. APPs were not routinely given the chance to learn nutritional medicine, leading to decreased confidence in providing nutritional guidance in clinical practice.

METHODS: The DNP project participants were practicing advanced practice providers. The Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior (KAB) education theory and CREATION Life were used. This project used Qualtrics to send a pre-and post-intervention survey titled Student Survey for Nutritional Medicine. The intervention was a prerecorded nutritional medicine course covering the benefits of a whole- food/plant-based diet, practical solutions for common misconceptions regarding plant nutrition, and resources for further education.

RESULTS: A total of 10 participants completed the pre-and-post intervention survey. The data was analyzed using a Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test. Results showed a positive change of attitude in discussing whole-food/plant-based diets regarding obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, along with an interest in learning more about nutritional medicine.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this study showcase the need for continued education and training in nutritional medicine for advanced practice providers. It also shows the critical role of education in shaping advanced practice providers' attitudes and behaviors, promoting improved patient outcomes through evidence-based nutritional practices.