Appraise Your Code of Ethics Knowledge

The following quiz has been developed to assist Academy members in assessing their Code of Ethics knowledge.


Appraise Your Code of Ethics Knowledge – Quiz 1


Part 1: Multiple Choice

For each situation below, select the appropriate principle:

  1. Principle 1: Competence and professional development in practice (Non-maleficence)
  2. Principle 2: Integrity in personal and organizational behaviors and practices (Autonomy)
  3. Principle 3: Professionalism (Beneficence)
  4. Principle 4: Social responsibility for local, regional, national, global nutrition and well-being (Justice)

1. This principle should be considered for a registered dietitian nutritionist interested in providing telehealth services.

2. A romantic relationship between a nutrition and dietetics practitioner and a dietetic intern would be a violation of this principle.

3. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners who serve as dietetics education program site reviewers for program accreditation of future practitioners are abiding by this principle when contributing time and expertise to activities that promote respect, integrity, and competence of the profession.

4. A newly hired clinical dietitian transitioning from a community nutrition setting should take heed to this principle when developing competence in a new area.

5. Providing professional evaluations of coworkers, employees, and students in a way that is fair, objective, and without bias would be in support of this principle.


Part II: True/False

1. The Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession applies primarily to nutrition and dietetics practitioners in clinical settings.

2. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners are responsible for demonstration of in depth scientific knowledge of food, human nutrition, and behavior.

3. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners should always make sure to communicate at an appropriate level to promote health literacy.

4. Promoting social responsibility, while serving as president of the state dietetic association falls under the principle of professionalism (beneficence).

5. Accurate documentation and coding of medical nutrition therapy falls under non-maleficence.

6. A nutrition and dietetics practitioner who witnesses microagressions against patients/clients of color by a physician is ethically obligated to report the behavior.

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Quiz 1: Answers


Part I: Multiple Choice

Question 1: B

Explanation: Refer to 2b. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including obtaining/maintaining a state license or certification if engaged in practice governed by nutrition and dietetics statutes.

Question 2: C

Explanation: Refer to 3e. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall uphold professional boundaries and refrain from romantic relationships with any patients/clients, surrogates, supervisees, or students.

Question 3: D

Explanation: Refer to 4c. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall contribute time and expertise to activities that promote respect, integrity, and competence of the profession.

Question 4: A

Explanation: Refer to 1a. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall practice using an evidence-based approach within areas of competence, continuously develop and enhance expertise, and recognize limitations.

Question 5: C

Explanation: Refer to 3g. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall provide objective evaluations of performance for employees, coworkers, and students and candidates for employment, professional association memberships, awards, or scholarships, making all reasonable efforts to avoid bias in the professional evaluation of others.


Part II: True/False

Question 1: False

Explanation: Please see the Preamble. The Code applies to nutrition and dietetics practitioners who act in a wide range of settings.

Question 2: True

Explanation: Refer to 1b. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall demonstrate in depth scientific knowledge of food, human nutrition and behavior.

Question 3: True

Explanation: Refer to 3h. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall communicate at an appropriate level to promote health literacy.

Question 4: False

Explanation: Refer to 4f. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall seek leadership opportunities in professional, community, and service organizations to enhance health and nutritional status while protecting the public. (Justice)

Question 5: False

Explanation: This falls under the principle of autonomy. Refer to 2g. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall document, code and bill to most accurately reflect the character and extent of delivered services.

Question 6: True

Explanation: Refer to 2f. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners shall report inappropriate behavior or treatment of a patient/client by another nutrition and dietetics practitioner or other professionals.

For more information relating to the Code of Ethics, review the Academy's Ethics Education Resources.

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