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The Value in Interprofessional, Collaborative-Ready Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners

      Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are integral members of many health care and health prevention teams, particularly when addressing issues such as eating disorders, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome, coronary heart disease, diabetes, maternal and infant health, pediatrics, and exercise/sports. RDNs are key members of these teams, and graduates of dietetics programs need opportunities to develop the soft skills needed to become effective team members. Essential collaborative concepts and skills delineated from teamwork training that move beyond those acquired through traditional group work include negotiation, delegation, mutual trust, cooperation, and shared leadership.
      • Royeen C.
      • Jensen G.
      • Harvan R.
      Leadership in Interprofessional Health Education.
      This article discusses the need for dietetics education programs to increase the number of experiential opportunities for their students/interns to learn from and with students of other health professions.
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