Primary care physicians and pediatricians usually do not truly begin practicing until a few years after their last med school class. While doctors are certainly extremely knowledgable in the area of nutrition, new research is constantly being done to find different relationships between food and health. With the amount of hours that doctors already spend at their office, coupled with the large amount of other areas of knowledge they must obtain such as diseases, injuries, and sicknesses, it is easy to see how doctors will be able to provide general nutrition knowledge. However, they will not be able to provide the in depth and personalized expertise that a nutritionist can provide. In this sense, it is important that nutritionists and food scientists remain in constant conversation about the latest research regarding nutrition. Obviously, this is much easier said than done. One possible improvement would be to add more nutrition staff to private practices and hospitals to provide more accessible expertise for doctors, as well as the patients. It would also generate more stable jobs for aspiring nutritionists and those who do not make enough money as personal trainers/nutritionists. This article depicts an example of how nutrition is being practiced in primary care.
As we described on our app page, the ideal situation would be a governmentally funded group that included both nutritionists and doctors. As each user of the app would be assigned both a nutritionist and clinician, they would need to collaborate together and combine their nutritional and physiological knowledge to produce the best possible plan for the individual. On a larger scale, our app would aid in strengthening this interface to better help future fights against disease.