Nutrition Guides and Other Resources for Health Practitioners

The Academy has developed resources to assist practitioners and educators in the practice of dietetics. Many of these tools use evidence-based guidelines and allow practitioners to apply cutting-edge, synthesized research in practice.

Healthier Generation Benefit Resources

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is collaborating with other organizations to help clinicians provide education, improve care coordination, offer resources to eligible families, and help with recruitment of medical professionals as part of the Healthier Generation Benefit. This benefit, a program of the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation's Alliance for a Healthier Generation, enables health care providers to take a more active part in solving the obesity epidemic by providing children with visits to registered dietitian nutritionists as part of their health insurance benefits.

Healthier Generation Benefit resources

Academy Evidence Analysis Library

Evidence-Based Dietetics Practice is the use of systematically reviewed scientific evidence in making food and nutrition practice decisions by integrating best available evidence with professional expertise and client values to improve outcomes.

The Evidence Analysis Library is a synthesis of the best, most relevant nutritional research on important dietetics practice questions in an accessible, online, user-friendly library. Free to Academy members and available through subscription to other health care practitioners, the Evidence Analysis Library also houses Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines, Toolkits and MNT Protocols:

  • Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guidelines are a series of guiding statements and treatment algorithms which are developed using a systematic process for identifying, analyzing and synthesizing scientific evidence. They are designed to assist the registered dietitian nutritionist and patient/client in making decisions about appropriate nutrition care for specific disease states or conditions in typical settings.
  • Evidence-Based Toolkits are a set of companion documents which are disease or condition specific and detail how the registered dietitian nutritionist applies the Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline in practice. They include forms such as documentation forms, outcomes monitoring sheets, patient/client education resources, case studies and MNT protocols for implementing the Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline. Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines and Toolkits incorporate the Academy's Nutrition Care Process and Model as the standard process for patient/client care.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy Protocols are a plan or set of steps, which are based on systematically analyzed evidence and clearly define the level, content and frequency of nutrition care that is appropriate for a disease or condition in settings in which they are implemented. MNT Protocols are component of the Academy's Evidence-Based Toolkits and assist the registered dietitian nutritionist in the application of Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines. They incorporate the Academy's Nutrition Care Process and Model as the standard process and use the standardized language to document the patient/client care.
  • These may include but are not limited to: acute care facilities, sub acute facilities, post-acute facilities/rehab centers/skilled nursing facilities, continuing care retirement facilities/nursing facilities, home health care, clinics or physician offices, office of the registered dietitian nutritionist.

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Nutrition Care Manual

The Nutrition Care Manual is an Internet-based professional resource that is updated annually and used internationally. Purchased by annual subscription, the Nutrition Care Manual is available online and easily linked to an Intranet system, enabling all staff to quickly access it without need for usernames and passwords.

NCM® meets the Joint Commission's Hospital Accreditation Standards and is consistent with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Interpretive Guidelines for the Hospital Conditions of Participation. NCM® has been named the preferred diet manual by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.

Whether in a clinical or an academic setting, users can rely on the following features to find the most up-to-date and accurate nutrition information. The Academy's online Nutrition Care Manual includes:

  • Disease-specific nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Printable client handouts, including foods recommended list, foods not recommended list and a sample one-day menu;
  • Ten calculators that compute BMI/weight range, resting energy expenditure, diabetic exchanges and more;
  • Customization tools such as formulary database of nutrition solutions, electronic sticky notes and electronic highlighting;
  • An extensive formulary database that is updated semiannually and easily customizable to any facility.

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From reference books and professional publications to patient education handouts and materials, the Academy can help you enhance your practice with professional references and client support.

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Educational Handouts in Multiple Languages

Eat Right Nutrition Tip sheets are educational handouts written by Academy staff registered dietitian nutritionists that provide practical food and nutrition guidance for healthy eating. Selected versions of these consumer handouts have been translated into Spanish and are available for use with non-English speaking clients.

Client Resources in Multiple Languages

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the premier source for the practice and science of food, nutrition and dietetics. The monthly, peer-reviewed journal presents original articles prepared by scholars and practitioners and is the most widely read professional publication in the field. The Journal focuses on advancing professional knowledge across the range of research and practice issues such as nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition, food science and biotechnology, foodservice systems, leadership and management and dietetics education. The Journal's impact factor is 2.868 (Journal Citation Reports® 2009, published by Thomson Reuters). The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" has been cited in a particular period. The Journal receives nearly 500 solicited and unsolicited manuscripts annually; the average time from submission to publication is 13.5 months.

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