Surveys of Dietetic PractitionerKnowledge, Attitudes, and Self-Reported Practices of Pennsylvania Registered Dietitians Regarding Functional Foods and Herbal MedicineCouch, Lynn Monahan MPH, RD, LDN; Harris, Jeffery E. DrPH, MPH, RD, LDN Author Information Department of Health, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania. Corresponding Author: Lynn Monahan Couch, MPH, RD, LDN, Department of Health, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383 ([email protected]). Topics in Clinical Nutrition: January 2008 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 32-46 doi: 10.1097/01.TIN.0000312078.45953.88 Buy Metrics Abstract This study was an assessment of the knowledge, attitudes, and self-reported practices of Pennsylvania registered dietitians regarding functional foods and herbal medicine. Results showed a positive association between attitudes, knowledge, and personal use. Pennsylvania registered dietitians are knowledgeable and have positive attitudes toward functional foods and herbal medicine; however, they tend not to recommend them to patients. Oregon licensed dietitians compared with this sample were more knowledgeable and more likely to recommend these items to their clients. Generally, educational efforts to increase awareness and knowledge on functional foods and herbal medicine for the dietetics professional are needed. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.