July 2011

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Nutrition care in general practice

Are we waiting for patients to ask?

Volume 40, No.7, July 2011 Pages 463-463

Lauren Ball

General practitioner encounters for chronic disease management increased considerably between 1998 and 2008. In particular, patients presenting for the management of hypertension increased from 8.3 to 9.9 per 100 encounters; type 2 diabetes mellitus from 2.6 to 3.7 per 100 encounters; and lipid disorders from 2.5 to 3.7 per 100 encounters.1 In 2010, chronic disease management was estimated to comprise over one-third of the average GP’s consultation workload.2

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