The Academy has developed practice resources and quality management tools using science-based research. These resources support the practitioner's decisions by integrating best available evidence with professional expertise and client values to improve outcomes.
Dietetic Practice-Based Research Network—
Make your practice part of meaningful dietetic research. This network brings practitioners and researchers together to identify and design research to be carried out in real-life practice settings.
Evidence Analysis Library®—
At any time, you can access this source for the best scientific and evidence-based information on topics like childhood overweight, disorders of lipid metabolism, celiac disease, critical illness, nutrition counseling, estimating energy expenditure, vegetarian nutrition, and adult weight management. New topics are constantly in development. Educator Modules on Diabetes and Determining Resting Metabolic Rate, including lesson plans, are available for purchase.
Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines and Toolkits—
Provides disease-specific nutrition recommendations; created using a systematic approach that assures nutrition care is based on scientific evidence. Current guidelines include Adult and Pediatric Weight Management, Critical Illness, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, Heart Failure, Hypertension, Disorders of Lipid Metabolism and Oncology. Toolkits accompany the guidelines and provide MNT tools used for documenting patient encounters, patient education and collecting outcomes. Located in the Evidence Analysis Library.
Nutrition Service Measures—
The Academy advocates for members' collection of process, structure and outcome measures data to impact nutrition services quality performance improvement and safety in all practice settings. The Academy also develops evidence-based guidelines and practice toolkits to provide patient-focused care according to government regulations and facility and program accreditation requirements.
Online Nutrition Care Process Tutorial Module and Resources on Nutrition Care Process—
Online Web Cases for Educators who instruct dietetics students and interns are available on the topics of Adolescent Obesity and Adolescent Eating Disorders. Each instructor for an accredited dietetics program can log on and request a class for their students. The cases include the background on the disease/condition, detailed case information, student evaluation resources and incorporate the Nutrition Care Process and Standardized Language.
Position and Practice Papers—
Position papers explain the Academy's stance on issues that affect the nutritional status of the public and are based on sound scientific data. Practice papers are evaluating summaries of scientific and/or evidence-based information that address member-identified practice topics.
Quality Management (QM)—
QM represents the profession of dietetics and the RD and DTR credentials to accreditation organizations and national quality associations. QM topics include standards for Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, DNV, and Public Health Accreditation Board, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) state operations manuals for regulations, state survey agency directory, state dietetic practice laws, quality measures, food service and clinical staffing, productivity, order writing privileges and charting in medical records.
Scope of Dietetic Practice Framework (SODPF)—
SODPF encompasses the entire practice of dietetics. Its foundation knowledge, evaluation resources, and decision aids are designed to assist in making decisions about appropriate levels of safe and effective practice for RDs and DTRs. Information and resources include the definition and characteristics of dietetics as a profession, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care, Standards of Professional Performance, Scope of Dietetics Practice Decision Analysis Tool, Decision Tree and Definition of Terms.
Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance (SOP/SOPP)—
The SOP in nutrition care for RDs and DTRs describe competent levels of practice related to direct patient care and the SOPP addresses professional rules and behaviors. The SOP/SOPP is an approach to practice and used for self assessments to determine range of skills. These tools assist in determining what additional education and training should be pursued to attain the competency levels and professional development goals. Practice specific standards are published for diabetes, oncology, behavioral health, nutrition support, management in foods and nutrition systems, sports dietetics, and education of dietetics practitioners. Standards in development are nephrology, pediatric, and eating disorders.