The Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network, or DPBRN, is a network of registered dietitian nutritionists who are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and participate in practice based research.
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What is the DPBRN?
- DPBRN is a network of Registered Dietitians who are interested in practice based research.
- DPBRN is managed by an Oversight Committee made up of dietetics practitioners and researchers from a variety of practice settings. The Oversight Committee is a joint HOD/BOD committee appointed annually.
- Network staff work with the Oversight Committee to determine the research goals of the group and to plan projects. The chair of the DPBRN Oversight Committee also sits on the Council on Research.
- DPBRN seeks to bring dietetic practitioners and researchers together to answer research questions important to practitioners.
- DPBRN conducts, supports, promotes and advocates research in practice based settings.
- The DPBRN consists of clinicians, practitioners, researchers and students in a variety of settings and specialties committed to improving patient and client outcomes through practice-based research.
- DPBRN membership is open and free to all Academy members.
What are the goals of the DPBRN?
- DPBRN works to answer questions of importance to dietetic practice that promote the nutritional health of all peoples.
- Advocate for policies, strategies and funding that promote evidence-based practice research projects.
- Share a common goal of developing evidence-based research outcomes to enhance the nutritional care provided in their practice.
- Network together to engage in evidence-based research projects and share research outcomes with dietetic practitioners.
- DPBRN advances the practice of dietetics as a profession and enhances the research skills of individuals.
- Provide opportunities for members to enhance their research skills through participation in network activities.
- Collaborate with other practice-based research networks, research funders, the Evidence Analysis Library and Nutrition Care Process teams and committees to support research endeavors.
- Actively seek input from Affiliates, DPGs, the Academy DC Office, and other stakeholders regarding gaps in research that would promote the field of dietetics and nutrition care of patients.
- DPBRN promotes the importance and value of practice based research.
- Infrastructure is designed to provide ongoing support for current and proposed practice-based research projects, as well as promoting the dissemination of network research. DPBRN links practicing clinicians with investigators experienced in clinical and health services research.
- Allow the practitioner to ask the question and an experienced research team to help design and manage the study.
What has the DPBRN accomplished?
Since 2002 DPBRN has been empowering and facilitating dietitians in the practice based research process.
- DPBRN projects include studies on energy expenditure, the value of the RD in managed care, evidence based guidelines for diabetes care, motivational interviewing to treat childhood obesity, and tested toolkits for practice.
- Outcomes of DPBRN projects have contributed to the evidence base for increased reimbursement for RDs.
The following are articles that have been published on DPBRN projects:
- Trostler N, Myers EF. Blending practice and research: Practice-based research networks an opportunity for dietetics professionals. J Am Diet Assoc. 2003; 103 (5) 626-632.
- Enrione EB. Content validation of nutrition diagnoses. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2008; 23(4): 206-319.
- Trostler N, Myers EF, Snetselaar LG. Description of practice characteristics and professional activities of dietetics practice-based research network members. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008; 108:1060-1067.
- Trostler N, Myers EF. Review of critical thinking in professional practice: Application in making decisions to either measure or estimate resting metabolic rate. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2008; 23(4): 278-291.
- Trostler N, Myers EF, Snetselaar, LG. Determining resting metabolic rate: Evaluation of appendix material for ADA evidence based nutrition practice guidelines using the dietetics practice-based research network. Topics in Clinical Nutrition. 2008; 23(4): 292-305.
- Snetselaar L, Smith K, Hollinger D, Myers E, Murphy G, Qualls L. Registered Dietitian Wellness Insurance Benefit Makes a Difference in Adult Weight Management: A Pre-Post Study. Food and Nutrition Sciences. 2011; 2:1043-1047.
- Resnicow K, McMaster F, Woolford S, Slora E, Bocian A, Harris D, Drehmer J, Wasserman R, Schwartz R, Myers E, Foster J, Snetselaar L, Hollinger D, Smith K. Study design and baseline description of the BMI2 trial: reducing paediatric obesity in primary care practices. Pediatric Obesity. 2012; 7(1):3-15
- Bradley D, Qualls L, Murphy G, Snetselaar L, Myers E, Qualls L. The incremental value of medical nutrition therapy in weight management. Managed Care Magazine, 2013; 22(1): 40-45.
- Trostler N, Myers E, Alphan E, Endvelt R, Voet HL. Outcomes Monitoring and Implementing Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in 2 Middle Eastern Countries. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 2013; 28 (3): 233-248.
- Hand, R. Research in Nutrition and Dietetics—What can the Academy do for you? Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014; 114 (1) 131-5.
- Murphy, G; Snetselaar, L; Myers, E; LaForge, B; Qualls, LG; Hand, RK; Blackwelder, S; Bradley, D. Self-Reported Health Parameters Compared with Clinician Measurements: Methods in Practice Based Research. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. September 2014; 20 (5) 513-22.
- Hand, RK; Lawless, ME; Deming, N; Steiber, A. Development and Pilot Testing of a Human Subjects Protection Training Course Unique to Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. December 2014; 114 (12) 2009-2016.
- Abram, JK; Hand, RK; Brown, K; Parrott, JS; Ziegler P, Steiber A. What is Your Nutrition Program Missing? Finding Answers with the Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE). Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. January 2015; 115 (1) 122-130.
- Resnicow, K.; McMaster, F.; Bocian, A.; Harris, D.; Zhou, Y.; Snetselaar, L.; Schwartz, R.; Myers, E.; Gotlieb, J.; Foster, J.; Hollinger, D.; Smith,K.; Woolford, S.; Mueller, D.; Wasserman, RC. Motivational Interviewing and Dietary Counseling for Obesity in Primary Care: An RCT. Pediatrics. April 2015; 135 (4): 649-57.
- Labyak, C; Daily, K; Samiian L; Ward,S; Wallet, S; Perri, M; Hoover, V; Snetselaar, L; Shelnutt, K; DiGioia, K; Acosta, A; Young, L; Mathews, AE. Preventing breast cancer recurrence through a tailored lifestyle intervention: The MyLIFE Trial Rationale and Study Design. Accepted at Journal of Clinical Trials.
- Hand, RK; Abram, JK; Brown, K; Parrott JS; Ziegler, P; Steiber, A. Development and validation of GENIE: a tool for assessing the quality of proposed nutrition education programs. Accepted at Journal of the Nutrition Education and Behavior.
- Hand, RK; Jordan, B; DeHoog, S; Pavlinac, J; Abram, JK; Parrot, JS. Inpatient Staffing Needs for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in 21st Century Acute Care Facilities. E-pub ahead of print at Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Dougherty, CM; Burrows, JD; Hand, RK. Why RDNs Aren't Doing Research—Perceptions, Barriers, and Participation in Research from the Academy's Dietetics Practice Based Research Network Needs Assessment Survey. E-pub ahead of print at Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics March 2015.
- King, C; Parrott, JS; Hand, RK. A Cross-Sectional Exploration of Research Outcome Expectations: Motivators for Dietetics Research Involvement. Under review at Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics March 2015.
The following are accepted or past presentations or abstracts related to DPBRN projects:
- Behavior Change in Persons with Diabetes: Ideas from RDs in Practice-Based Research. L. Snetselaar & A. Haugen. FNCE®. October 20, 2013. Houston TX.
- Hand R. Engaging Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in a Research Network: Building on the first ten years. Oral presentation at Wisconsin Research and Education Network Fall Forum 2013.
- GENIE: Your Nutrition Education Wishes Have Been Granted! J. Abram & K. Brown. Weight Management Symposium. March 2014. St. Louis, MO.
- Hand R, Dougherty C, Burrowes J. Perceptions of and barriers to conducting research among renal dietitians. Poster presentation at International Congress on Renal Nutrition and Metabolism 2014.
- Hand R, Abram J. Engaging practitioners in research question development through a question database. Poster presentation at North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Practice Based Research Network Conference 2014.
- Hand R, Wolfram T, Murphy W, Steiber A. Novel Methodologies for Measuring Implementation of Evidence Based Practice Guidelines. Poster presentation at North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Practice Based Research Network Conference 2014.
- Hand R, Dougherty C, Burrowes J. What do Registered Dietitian Nutritionists want from a Practice Based Research Network? Poster presentation at North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Practice Based Research Network Conference 2014.
- Abram J, Hand R, Brown K, Ziegler P, Parrott J, Steiber A. What is Your Program Missing? Finding Answers with The Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE). Poster presentation at Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2014.
- GENIE: Your Nutrition Education Wishes Have Been Granted! J. Abram & K Brown. School Nutrition Association. July 2014, Boston, MA.
- Dougherty C, Burrowes J, Hand R. Research experience and Barriers to Participating in Research Among Members and Non-Members of the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network (DPBRN) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Poster presentation at Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo™ 2014.
- Building and Utilizing a Clinical Staffing Model: Benchmarks for Staffing Success. B. Jordan & S. DeHoog. FNCE®. October 2014, Atlanta, GA.
- Overcoming Barriers to Practitioners in Research—Strategies from the DPBRN. C. King/L. Byham-Gray & C. Hamilton. FNCE®. October 2014, Atlanta, GA.
- GENIE: Your Nutrition Education Wishes Have Been Granted. J. Abram &S. Colby. FNCE®. October 2014, Atlanta, GA.
- Adult Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics Validation Pilot Study—Design and Implementation. L. Field, P. Hipskind, A. Skipper, M. Ferguson. FNCE®. October 2014, Atlanta, GA.
- Hand R, Abram J, Murphy W. Assessing the accuracy of self-reported dissemination and implementation: a survey of knowledge and application of a guideline pre-publication. Poster presentation at 7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation.
- Davidson P, Hand R, Murphy W. Expected Care Plans as a Process Measure for Implementation of Evidence Based Practice Guidelines (EBPG) for Nutrition in the Prevention of Diabetes. Poster presentation at 7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation.
- Hand R, Abram J, Parrott JS, DeHoog S, Jordan B, Pavlinac J. Comparing the job duties of Certified Nutrition Support Dietitians/Clinicians to other Registered Dietitian Nutritionists—Secondary Analysis of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Inpatient Staffing Study. Poster presentation at ASPEN Clinical Nutrition Week 2015.* Named a 2015 Abstract of Distinction.
- Field L, Kerner J, Hand R, Murphy W, Skipper A, Ferguson M, Steiber A. Design and implementation of the adult malnutrition clinical characteristics feasibility pilot study. Poster presentation at ASPEN Clinical Nutrition Week 2015.
- Building and Utilizing a Clinical Staffing Model: Results and Next Steps from the CNM/DPBRN Staffing Study B. Jordan & S. DeHoog.Clinical Nutrition Management DPG Symposium. April 2015, Seattle, WA.
- Moving Practice Based Research Networks Beyond the Physician's Office: Affiliate PBRN Contributions and Opportunities for Collaboration. R Hand, D Mastnardo, M Snyder, E Sauers. Accepted for NAPCRG PBRN Meeting 2015.
- Hand R & Abram J. A Card Study that Doesn’t Follow Suit: Answering a Complex Question with Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Accepted as poster presentation at NAPCRG PBRN Meeting 2015.
- Hand R, Wolfram T, Ziegler P, Kenne D, Naragon P, Steiber A, Fleming M. Challenges in Recruiting for an Inter-Disciplinary PBRN Research Initiative: Implications for Research and Healthcare. Accepted as an oral presentation at NAPCRG PBRN Meeting 2015.
- Interns can DO-IT—Building Research Capacity Among Supervised Practice Students. T. Kuehneman & J. Kennel. Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE®). October 2015. Nashville, TN.
- Augustine MB, Swift K, Harris SA, Anderson E, Hand R. Educational Needs in Integrative Medicine for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Accepted as poster presentation for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE® 2015.
- Hand R, Abram J, Granich L, Virus A, Lane H. Enhancing Academy Member Knowledge of the FNCE® Abstract Submission Process Using a Volunteer-Led Webinar. Accepted as poster presentation for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE® 2015.
In progress and upcoming DPBRN projects include:
- Validating the Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics in adults
- Surveys on member perceptions and knowledge of research and perceptions and knowledge of Integrative and Functional Medicine
- The impact of social media on the implementation of Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines
- Testing a tailored weight loss intervention to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer
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