Use and barriers to use of laboratory data by clinical dietitians

Connie E. Vickery, Nancy Cotugna, Laura D. Byham-Gray

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The results of this study reveal two general areas of concern for clinical dietitians in the use of laboratory data-their lack of confidence in their own interpretive skills and the perceived resistance of physicians. Although clinical dietitians receive theoretical and applied training on the use of laboratory values in their undergraduate education and dietetic internship, clinical managers should be aware that they need support and continuing education to use their laboratory assessment skills to the fullest. Also, dietitians should demonstrate more clearly to physicians their knowledge, skill, and needs in this area. They should initiate and continue dialogue about the importance of laboratory analysis to nutrition care and improved patient outcome. Evidence-based data and clear documentation of improved medical outcomes should help overcome barriers to use of laboratory data by clinical dietitians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalHospital topics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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