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Direct patient contacts of dietetic students during their final clinical placement

Torres, Susan, Winter, Jane, Matters, Helen and Nowson, Caryl 2002, Direct patient contacts of dietetic students during their final clinical placement, Nutrition & dietetics, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 18-22.

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Title Direct patient contacts of dietetic students during their final clinical placement
Author(s) Torres, Susan
Winter, Jane
Matters, Helen
Nowson, Caryl
Journal name Nutrition & dietetics
Volume number 59
Issue number 1
Start page 18
End page 22
Publisher Dietitians Association of Australia
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2002-03
ISSN 1446-6368
Keyword(s) clinical placement
dietetics
education
students
computerised
Summary Direct student-patient contacts, during the professional clinical placement of a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course, were collected and analysed for the first time using a computerised method. In the final eight-week hospital placement, 26 dietetic students submitted data on direct patient contacts which included: dietetic activities (e.g. assessing, counselling and reviewing); the primary nutritional condition of the patient (e.g. type 2 diabetes and liver disease); and the time spent in contact with patients. The most common dietetic activities were reviews, followed by collection of dietary information and counselling. The most common nutritional condition encountered by students was an inadequate nutrient intake, followed by patients receiving enteral nutrition. Contact time with patients increased over the placement, with proportionately more time spent by students seeing patients independently than when being observed by supervising dietitians. The data collected provided valuable informa tion on the amount of time spent by students in direct patient contacts, the range of dietetic activities undertaken and the amount of time student activities were directly observed. This information will be useful in the development of benchmarks for clinical skill development, hospital and university staff planning and the assessment of the impact of any changes to the format of student placement experience in the clinical setting.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Dietitians Association of Australia
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