Date of Award
Family and Consumer Sciences
College of Education
Type of Degree
This study addresses diabetes knowledge and attitudes of West Virginia dietitians as they relate to Medicare certified provider guidelines. A questionnaire was developed using the Diabetes Attitude Scale, questions from A CORE Curriculum for Diabetes Education, and demographic questions addressing length and type of practice, route to registration, and specialty credentials. Responses were analyzed to determine overall knowledge and attitude as well as how demographic information affects knowledge and attitude. Results indicated demographic information (except for specialty credentials and hours working with diabetes) did not have a significant effect on the dietitian’s diabetes knowledge and attitude. Specialty credentials did have a significant effect on knowledge while hours working with diabetes had a significant effect on attitude. This study indicates West Virginia dietitians need additional education to provide quality services authorized by Medicare legislation in 2000. Results also indicated dietitians have a strong positive attitude regarding diabetes care.
Diabetes - Nutritional aspects
Dietitians - Training of
Diabetics - Care - West Virginia
Gravely, Marie R., "West Virginia Registered Dietitians' Knowledge and Attitudes of Diabetes Care" (2002). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 75.