Nutrition competencies in health professionals' education and training: a new paradigm

Kris-Etherton, Penny M., Akabas, Sharon R., Douglas, Pauline, Kohlmeier, Martin, Laur, Celia, Lenders, Carine M., Levy, Matthew D., Nowson, Caryl, Ray, Sumantra, Pratt, Charlotte A., Seidner, Douglas L. and Saltzman, Edward 2015, Nutrition competencies in health professionals' education and training: a new paradigm, Advances in nutrition, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 83-87, doi: 10.3945/an.114.006734.

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Title Nutrition competencies in health professionals' education and training: a new paradigm
Author(s) Kris-Etherton, Penny M.
Akabas, Sharon R.
Douglas, Pauline
Kohlmeier, Martin
Laur, Celia
Lenders, Carine M.
Levy, Matthew D.
Nowson, CarylORCID iD for Nowson, Caryl
Ray, Sumantra
Pratt, Charlotte A.
Seidner, Douglas L.
Saltzman, Edward
Journal name Advances in nutrition
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 83
End page 87
Total pages 5
Publisher American Society for Nutrition
Place of publication Bethesda, Md.
Publication date 2015-01
ISSN 2156-5376
Keyword(s) competency-based education
health policy
health professional
nutrition education
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Nutrition & Dietetics
Summary Most health care professionals are not adequately trained to address diet and nutrition-related issues with their patients, thus missing important opportunities to ameliorate chronic diseases and improve outcomes in acute illness. In this symposium, the speakers reviewed the status of nutrition education for health care professionals in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Nutrition education is not required for educating and training physicians in many countries. Nutrition education for the spectrum of health care professionals is uncoordinated, which runs contrary to the current theme of interprofessional education. The central role of competencies in guiding medical education was emphasized and the urgent need to establish competencies in nutrition-related patient care was presented. The importance of additional strategies to improve nutrition education of health care professionals was highlighted. Public health legislation such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recognizes the role of nutrition, however, to capitalize on this increasing momentum, health care professionals must be trained to deliver needed services. Thus, there is a pressing need to garner support from stakeholders to achieve this goal. Promoting a research agenda that provides outcome-based evidence on individual and public health levels is needed to improve and sustain effective interprofessional nutrition education.
Language eng
DOI 10.3945/an.114.006734
Field of Research 090899 Food Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
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