Author Biographical Information

Leah Qubty, DCN, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND Assistant Professor, Bethel University Freda Intiful, PhD, RD Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana Andrea Arikawa, PhD, MPH, RD, LD/N, FAND Interim Chair and Associate Professor, University of North Florida Leslie Van Horn, DCN, RDN, LDN, FAND Assistant Professor, Johnson and Wales University Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FADA Director, DCN and MS Online Programs Director, UNF Center for Nutrition and Dietetics Associate Professor, University of North Florida


Micronutrients are key components of various physiological processes. In Ghana, micronutrient deficiencies are common and medical resources are limited. Biochemical markers of nutrition status are costly and require specialized medical equipment. In the absence of available biochemical markers of nutrition status, the micronutrient-directed nutrition-focused physical exam is a viable tool. This mixed-methods research aimed to determine whether a two-day virtual workshop for Ghanaian nutrition professionals (N=131) would improve perceptions regarding the usefulness and self-efficacy of the micronutrient-directed nutrition-focused physical exam. Quantitative data were collected via a virtual pretest (immediately prior to the workshop) and a virtual posttest (immediately following the workshop). Qualitative data were gathered via focus groups, which were conducted in virtual breakout rooms on the second day of the workshop. Total posttest scores were significantly higher (M=70.15, SE= .703), t(130)= -7.357, p= M= 64.85, SE= .165), t(130)= -7.357, p=



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