The Nutrition Care Process is a systematic approach to providing high-quality nutrition care. It was published as part of the Nutrition Care Model. Use of the NCP does not mean that all patients/clients get the same care; the process provides a framework for the RDN to individualize care, taking into account the patient/client's needs and values and using the best evidence available to make decisions. Other disciplines in healthcare, including nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists have adopted care processes specific to their discipline.
In 2003, the Academy's House of Delegates adopted the NCP in an effort to provide dietetics professionals with a framework for critical thinking and decision-making. Use of the NCP can lead to more efficient and effective care and greater recognition of the role of dietetic professionals in all care settings. The Nutrition Care Process consists of distinct, interrelated steps: