Regarding James Mongan's comments The underachieving has to stop: These comments are excellent and just don't cover enough that could easily be accomplished.
Given the nature of the healthcare challenges our system faces and the lifestyle and dietary causes involved, it is vital to rethink and redesign the model for primary care so that there is proper funding and
planning for inclusion of a registered dietician in the primary healthcare team to help assure continuity of care with respect to the dietary dimension of primary care -- not just after a serious disease has been
diagnosed, as with diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
We also need to look at the exercise dimension and its integration into the primary-care model to improve our record in preventive care.
Also, go to any hospital cafeteria and see what is available there and please review it in terms of trans fats, salt, carbohydrates, etc., and look at the diets
patients are receiving and at how well these diets fit the diagnoses for these patients. Good use of information technology, where there is
automated input into diet from the patients' diagnoses, would help there as well.
Valerie J. Harvey Ph.D.Registered technologist (radiography)Professor, computer & information systemsRobert Morris UniversityMoon Township, Pa.Conference General Chairwoman, ISECON 2007Chairwoman, Software Development Education Team, WorldVistATo submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here . Please include your name, title and hometown.