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Nutrition Care Process and Model: ADA adopts road map to quality care and outcomes management

  • Karen Lacey
    Affiliations
    K. Lacey is lecturer and Director of Dietetic Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay. She is also the Chair of the Quality Management Committee. E. Pritchett is Director, Quality and Outcomes at ADA headquarters in Chicago, IL.
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  • Ellen Pritchett
    Affiliations
    K. Lacey is lecturer and Director of Dietetic Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay. She is also the Chair of the Quality Management Committee. E. Pritchett is Director, Quality and Outcomes at ADA headquarters in Chicago, IL.
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      The establishment and implementation of a standardized Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and Model were identified as priority actions for the profession for meeting goals of the ADA Strategic Plan to “Increase demand and utilization of services provided by members” and “Empower members to compete successfully in a rapidly changing environment” (
      American Dietetic Association Strategic Plan.
      ). Providing high-quality nutrition care means doing the right thing at the right time, in the right way, for the right person, and achieving the best possible results. Quality improvement literature shows that, when a standardized process is implemented, less variation and more predictability in terms of outcomes occur (
      • Wheeler D
      Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos.
      ). When providers of care, no matter their location, use a process consistently, comparable outcomes data can be generated to demonstrate value. A standardized Nutrition Care Process effectively promotes the dietetics professional as the unique provider of nutrition care when it is consistently used as a systematic method to think critically and make decisions to provide safe and effective nutrition care (
      • Shojania KG
      • Duncan BW
      • McDonald KM
      • Wachter RM
      Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 43 (Prepared by the University of California at San Francisco-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-97-0013).
      ).
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