What is a Practice Paper?

Practice papers are evaluative summaries of scientific and evidence-based information that address member-identified practice topics. They are meant to provide key opportunities for critical reasoning and quality improvement in dietetics practice and to include peer-reviewed perspectives from content experts, employers and alliance groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Practice papers are often done in the emerging areas of dietetics or areas that might not have sound scientific data yet.

The practice paper may include the following components:

  • Implications for the Nutrition Care Process;
  • Description of best practices;
  • Decision trees;
  • Benchmark levels;
  • Practice guidelines, including links to evidence based analysis, when available;
  • Practice definitions;
  • Academy's Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance and;
  • Opposing and emerging science. It is up to the discretion of the Academy Positions Committee (APC) workgroup to recommend that the author(s) include a section on opposing views or emerging science.