Knowledge and attitudes towards nutrigenetics: Findings from the 2018 unified forces preventive nutrition conference (UFPN)

Vered Kaufman‐shriqui, Hagit Salem, Mona Boaz, Ruth Birk

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Background: Nutrigenetics indicates that individual genetic variability results in altered health outcomes necessitating personalized nutrition adaptation. Registered dietitians are recognized as the clinical nutrition experts, but their knowledge and attitudes regarding nutrigenetics has not been delineated. Methods: This cross sectional online survey was conducted in a convenience sample of 169 national nutrition conference attendees. The survey queried demographics, knowledge, and attitudes towards nutrigenetics and information on training in nutrigenetics. Results: The majority of participants were registered dietitians and female, 45% of whom held advanced degrees. Personalized nutrition was perceived by 93.5% of participants as highly important or important; however, 94% of respondents indicated they are not sufficiently knowledgeable in personalized nutrition and only 9.5% had received training in nutrigenetics. The mean nutrigenetics knowledge score was 6.89 ± 1.67 (out of a possible 12). A multivariate regression model of knowledge score identified education as the only independent predictor of this outcome. Conclusion: Personalized nutrition is a rapidly developing field that incorporates genetic data into clinical practice. Dietitians recognize the importance of advanced studies to acquire knowledge in nutrigenetics. Only by acquiring the necessary knowledge can dietitians accurately translate this nutrigenetics into clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number335
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Dietitian
  • Education
  • Nutrigenetics
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Nutrition survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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