Food Hygiene and Safety Science (Shokuhin Eiseigaku Zasshi)
Online ISSN : 1882-1006
Print ISSN : 0015-6426
ISSN-L : 0015-6426
Original Paper
Perception of Public Health Nurses on Health Foods and Utilization of Health Food Informationduring Specific Health Guidance
Daisuke Furushima Miku TateyamaTsuyoshi ChibaShoko IshikawaAsami SonobataMiki HagiharaMai MatsutaniSerika Toyokura
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2023 Volume 64 Issue 5 Pages 167-173


This study aimed to investigate the awareness of public health nurses (PHNs) regarding health foods and the actual utilization of health food-related information in specific health guidance. A questionnaire survey among PHNs working in municipalities in Kagoshima Prefecture (n=170, response rate; 41.5%) was conducted in September 2022. As a result, 39.4% of the PHNs had experience using health foods, and 43.5% consulted about health food from local residents. Major topics of consultation included effectiveness (78.4%) and drug interactions (35.1%). Approximately 10.2% of the PHNs always confirm the use of health food during specific health guidance, while 41.6% did not ever check. Additionally, 36.3% of the PHN were aware of the obligation to report adverse events caused by health foods to the prefectural governments and Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. The present study showed that recognition and intelligibility on health foods varied among PHNs. Therefore, knowledge acquisition on safety and efficacy is needed for proper use of health foods.

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