NCP 101

The Nutrition Care Process is a systematic method that nutrition and dietetics professionals use to provide nutrition care.

What is the Nutrition Care Model?

modelThe Nutrition Care Process Model (NCPM) describes the NCP by presenting the workflow of professionals in diverse individual and population care delivery settings. It illustrates the steps of the Nutrition Care Process as well as internal and external factors that impact application of the NCP. Three themes are reflected in the NCPM: use of concise language, promotion of professionals' responsibility for outcomes management, and support for people-centered care (PCC). Screening and referral and outcomes management are also components of the model (and are discussed later in this series of questions).

What is the Nutrition Care Process?

The NCP is a systematic method that nutrition and dietetics professionals use to provide nutrition care and is visually summarized by the Nutrition Care Process Model. Use of the NCP does not mean that all clients get the same care. Use of the nutrition care process provides a framework for professionals to customize care, taking into account the client's needs and values and using the best evidence available to make decisions. Use of the NCP can lead to more efficient and effective care, nutrition research, and greater recognition of the role of nutrition and dietetics professionals in all settings.

Use of the Nutrition Care Process Terminology

Resources for International Dietitians

For more information about International NCPT implementation, visit the eNCPT website and select the International tab.

Additional Resources