The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has two main tools for encouraging and supporting member participation in and contributions to research projects as part of their everyday practice.
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 also participate in practice-based research. DPBRN provides education resources and opportunities for members to participate in research. Since its establishment in 2002, DPBRN has provided technical support and guidance to more than 20 projects and more than 500 RDNs have participated in DPBRN projects. These projects contribute to the evidence base on the effectiveness of nutritional interventions and to the development of best practices for care.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure, or ANDHII, provides tools for registered dietitian nutritionists to demonstrate their interventions’ impacts by tracking patient and client outcomes. Using the Nutrition Care Process and Terminology, ANDHII's secure online form makes tracking outcomes as simple as writing a chart note. When RDNs use ANDHII in practice, they add anonymous data to the national Dietetics Outcomes Registry, contributing to the evidence supporting nutrition practice and helping ensure high-quality patient care.