Dietary Supplements: Policy and Research Implications for Nurses

Ying Xue, Sally S. Cohen

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Millions of Americans use dietary supplements without full knowledge of their effects. Given the serious safety issues surrounding dietary supplements and the potential for nurses to play pivotal roles as patient educators and policy advocates, this article describes laws and regulations pertaining to dietary supplements, relevant research, the role of organized interests in policy making for dietary supplements, and how other countries regulate dietary supplements. We offer recommendations for policy change and identify implications of this issue for nursing practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-159
Number of pages11
JournalPolicy, Politics, & Nursing Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2004


  • dietary supplements
  • laws
  • nurses as consumer advocates
  • nursing
  • regulations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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