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Development and Pilot Testing of a Human Subjects Protection Training Course Unique to Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

Published:November 24, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2014.09.018
      The House of Delegates of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently selected research engagement as a mega-issue because research is critical to showing the value of the registered dietitian nutritionist’s (RDN’s) services, but many RDNs do not consider research as part of their role or believe they lack the skills to participate.

      Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. HOD backgrounder: Engaging members in research. http://www.eatright.org/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=6442479886&libID=6442479863. Updated 2014. Accessed July 2, 2014.

      Dietetics Practice Based Research Network (DPBRN) projects have provided evidence to support RDN services in containing costs and improving patient outcomes.
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      Engaging a diverse array of members in a culture of research is particularly relevant given the recent House of Delegates mega-issue. After identifying human subjects protection training (defined and described later) as a barrier to research participation, the Academy’s DPBRN developed and pilot-tested a research ethics course specific for RDNs. This article describes the development and pilot-testing of this course as well as next steps for all Academy members to use this resource.
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      Biography

      R. K. Hand is senior manager of the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

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      A. L. Steiber chief science officer, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

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      M. E. Lawless is a research nurse and community development and programming specialist, Case Western Reserve University and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Cleveland, OH.

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      N. Deming is assistant dean for faculty affairs and human resources and assistant professor of bioethics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.