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Interprofessional Education to Create and Sustain High-Performance Teams to Support Our Transforming Health Care System and Future Educational Model: How Nutrition and Dietetics Can “Weigh-in”

Published:December 20, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2016.10.021
      Empirical data, industry trends, and the changing health care and business environments point to the need to reexamine the future education of nutrition and dietetics practitioners.
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      Future changes driving dietetics workforce supply and demand: Future Scan 2012-2022.
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      • Stang J.
      Population risk factors and trends in health care and public policy.
      • Gates G.E.
      • Amaya L.
      Registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered, are ethically obligated to maintain personal competence in practice.
      • Connor S.L.
      Think globally, practice locally: Culturally competent dietetics.
      To better address the growth of nutrition-related management of chronic disease and disease prevention in the community while safeguarding the public, health care teams with nutrition and dietetics practitioners are expected to increase.
      • Gates G.E.
      • Amaya L.
      Registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered, are ethically obligated to maintain personal competence in practice.
      Enhanced delivery of nutrition service is supported by results of a comprehensive Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) environmental scan and key stakeholders’ assessment

      The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®). Rationale for Future Education Preparation of Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners. Chicago, IL: February 2015.

      and are corroborated by the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations from the Health Professions Summit.
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      Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality.
      As a result, current focus converges on the competencies and core requirements of health professionals to practice in an ever-evolving health system collaboratively. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Quality Chasm report acknowledges five competencies that should be integrated in the curricula and education of health practitioners, which include: 1) delivery of patient-centered care, 2) interdisciplinary collaboration, 3) evidence-based practice, 4) quality improvement approaches, and 5) informatics.
      Institute of Medicine (IOM)
      Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality.
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      An overview of the intentions of health care reform.
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