Practice Papers

A practice paper is a critical analysis of the current research literature that addresses a practice topic to translate science to practice. It provides registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) with information to enhance critical reasoning and quality improvement in dietetics practice.

As of July 2015, practice papers are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition, all practice papers continue to be available on the Academy's website. From August 2011 to July 2015 only practice paper abstracts were published in the Journal and the entire practice paper was published online.

Management of Food and Nutrition Systems

  • Comprehensive Nutrition Programs and Services in Schools (May 2018)
    This paper supports the joint position paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, School Nutrition Association, and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior published in the May 2018 Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In alignment with the joint position paper, this practice paper provides registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered with an overview of current school nutrition services and opportunities for professional careers in school settings.

    * This paper offers a free CPE opportunity for Academy members.

Health Promotion/Disease Prevention

  • Role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies (October 2016)
    The Role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies Practice Paper is published in the October 2016 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Incidence of food allergy has increased significantly over the past decade and represents an important health issue for millions of Americans. Accurate diagnosis is crucial to avoid unnecessary dietary restriction, especially in children. The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance to the RDN and NDTR on appropriate and evidence-based nutrition counseling for diagnosis and management of food allergies.

    *This paper offers a free CPE opportunity for Academy members.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

  • Classic and Modified Ketogenic Diets for Treatment of Epilepsy (August 2017)
    Ketogenic diet therapy is an established form of treatment for both pediatric and adult patients with intractable epilepsy. Ketogenic diet is a term that refers to any diet therapy in which dietary composition would be expected to result in a ketogenic state of human metabolism. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are often the first line and the most influential team member when it comes to treating those on KD therapy. This paper offers the RDN insight into the history of KD therapy, an overview of the various diets, a brief review of the literature with regards to efficacy, provides basic guidelines for practical implementation, coordination of care across multiple healthcare and community settings, and describes the role of the RDN in achieving successful KD therapy.

    *This paper offers a free CPE opportunity for Academy members.

  • Nutrition Intervention and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (March 2018)
    Nutrition is an integral component of medical care for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/autoimmune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) (PLWHA). The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports integration of medical nutrition therapy into routine care for this population. Registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered should participate in multidisciplinary care to incorporate nutrition into the medical management of PLWHA.

    *This paper offers a free CPE opportunity for Academy members.

Nutrition Through the Lifecycle

  • Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding (March 2015)
    This paper supports the Academy's position paper with the same title, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics March 2015. Breastfeeding is an important public health strategy for improving infant and child morbidity and mortality, improving maternal morbidity, and helping to control health care costs. This practice paper was created to provide registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered (NDTRs) with guidelines and resources to promote and support breastfeeding. The position and practice papers should be used together to address the important contribution breastfeeding makes to the health of women, children, and infants and the future of our nation.

    *This paper offers a free CPE opportunity for Academy members.

Professionalism and Practice

  • Social Media and the Dietetics Practitioner: Opportunities, Challenges and Best Practices (November 2016)
    The potential role of social media in the profession is far reaching, yet there are important guidelines to follow related to ethics and professionalism. When using social media, nutrition and dietetics practitioners must remember that they are governed by the same Code of Ethics that guides all other aspects of practice. In today's digital age, it is essential for nutrition and dietetics practitioners to recognize the professional opportunities and challenges of social media. This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics practice paper is to provide guidance on social media's relevance, potential applications, best practices, benefits and risks.

    *This paper offers a free CPE opportunity for Academy members.