Daily Archives: January 12, 2017

There Are Many Mediterranean Diets: An Australian Perspective

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The researchers in this Australian study interviewed 102 people of Mediterranean origin about their diet and also observed their food preparation techniques. The researchers grouped the diets into Western, Eastern, North African and Adriatic groups and detailed the components of the diets. They also cross-checked their findings with a number of diet books from different countries.

What I found particularly interesting was a reference to earlier literature referencing a wide variation in individual components of the diet between countries. For example there was four fold difference in fruit consumption between the highest and lowest consuming groups as well as a four-fold difference in vegetable consumption. The authors also reference differences in life expectancy between the countries.

The results of the present study are summarised in Tables 1 and 2 which identify both the frequency of consumption of the diet as well as the components of the diet. The components of the diet detailed here range from Melokhia and Okra through to Focaccia and preserved Walnut. The researchers identified similar diets in neighbouring countries and increasing differences with geographical separation.

This is a detailed study looking at differences in the Mediterranean diet across the Mediterranean region. There is also a reference to the literature for further reading.

Appendix A – Full Citation

Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2001;10(1):2-9. There are many Mediterranean diets. Noah A(1), Truswell AS.

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Health Information Exchanges and Chronic Conditions: A Brief Discussion

Two physicians discuss the role of health information exchanges in people with chronic health conditions. Chronic health conditions may result in people seeing multiple teams over a prolonged period of time. Enabling the different teams to have an overview of the investigations may reduce the likelihood of duplication of tests. The two physicians here discuss the benefits. This video features on the CORHIO YouTube channel which is a health information exchange in Colorado. There are a number of other videos featured on this channel.

Appendix A – Other Posts in the Series on Health Information Exchanges

Arizona Statewide Health Information Exchange

The Arkansas Health Information Exchange – SHARE

The California Health Information Exchange – Cal Index

Health Information Exchanges

HIPPA and Health Information Exchanges

Creating a Health Information Exchange in Arizona

Appendix B – Definition of Health Information Exchange

This is the definition of the Health Information Exchange that I use (Hersh et al, 2015)

Health information exchange (HIE), the electronic sharing of clinical information across the boundaries of health care organizations‘.

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