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Toward International Best Outcomes: The Shared Path of the Nutrition Care Process, Informatics, and Research Translation

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    ∗ APD=Accredited Practising Dietitian (Australia).
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    ‡ FDAA=Fellow Dietitians Association of Australia.
    Kay Gibbons
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    Address correspondence to: Kay Gibbons, APD, FDAA, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, McKechnie St, St Albans, Victoria, Australia 3021.
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    ∗ APD=Accredited Practising Dietitian (Australia).
    ‡ FDAA=Fellow Dietitians Association of Australia.
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    ∗ APD=Accredited Practising Dietitian (Australia).
    ‡ FDAA=Fellow Dietitians Association of Australia.
Published:October 24, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2017.07.022
      Documentation of care is essential for professional communication and good patient management and has presented a challenge over time for most health professions. For registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), the use of the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT)
      • Bueche J.
      • Charney P.
      • Pavlinac J.
      • Skipper A.
      • Thompson E.
      Nutrition care process and model part 1: The 2008 update.
      offers a structured approach to documentation. However, the increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs), the emphasis on evidence-based practice, funding pressures, and the expectations for efficiencies in time management has placed additional demands on the delivery of nutrition care. A number of developments now come together to offer wider and improved opportunities to provide enhanced nutrition care, to assess practice outcomes, and to demonstrate their effectiveness. There is an undertaking for this partnership of opportunity to be extended internationally, but its potential is yet to be realized.

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      Biography

      K. Gibbons is an honorary research associate, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia; a professor, Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia; an honorary research manager, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia; and an adjunct clinical professor, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia.