Position of The American Dietetic Association: Nutrition education for health care professionals

Julie O'Sullivan Maillet, Eleanor A. Young

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The curriculum needs for teaching nutrition in health care professional education programs are determined on the basis of the nutrition services that future practitioners will provide within the scope of their practice. The shift in health care to earlier intervention and increased ambulatory care services makes it necessary that health practitioners be able to identify nutrition risk and recognize when it is necessary to refer a patient to a registered dietitian for medical nutrition therapy and intervention. The majority of health care providers need initial and continual lifelong learning about comprehensive nutrition services to enhance the nutritional health of the public. The nutrition-related skills required by various health care providers need to be identified and a curriculum specific to the type of care provided needs to be developed. The competencies expected of health care professionals will continue to evolve, but a foundation for quality entry- level and continuing nutrition education should be developed for all health practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-346
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Dietetic Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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