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Breastfeeding Registry Study

Study Overview

The Breastfeeding Registry Study is a multi-site study that examines the documentation of RDNs who are providing breastfeeding or lactation support to their clients. The project will investigate the nutrition terminology currently being used in this area of care and the quality of the documentation, as well as the impact of nutrition care on problem resolution and nutrition-related outcomes in this population. The Academy Data Science Center (DSC) is collaborating with the University of North Florida (UNF) to lead this project. This project is also being conducted with the help of the Academy Foundation and funding from the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (PNPG) and Women's Health Dietetic Practice Group (WH).

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Status Updates

This project is ongoing. Stay tuned for updates.

Who Can Participate?

Dietitians providing breastfeeding and lactation support to either infants or individuals providing human milk to infants from a variety of settings can participate in this project. This includes dietitians in inpatient, outpatient, community programs, or private practice.

Dietitian Eligibility:

  • Licensed RDN in good standing (in states where applicable)
  • Currently provides nutrition care to individuals providing human milk to infants or infants receiving human milk in an inpatient or outpatient setting
  • Access to a computer with internet
  • Agree to complete trainings and enter patients into the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII)

Required tasks for study participation:

  • Completion of onboarding and training modules
  • Providing your typical nutrition care to clients and then documenting care into ANDHII. A time commitment of approximately 3 to 6 months of documentation, including 5 hours for training completion and 1 hour once per week to enter patient data into ANDHII.

Patients who are eligible to enter into ANDHII:

  • Individuals who provide human milk to an infant at least once per day
  • Infants who are offered human milk at least once per day and are up to 1 year of age
  • Individuals must be newly identified as needing nutrition care for breastfeeding/lactation support

Why Participate?

  • This project is one of the first to investigate nutrition care provided to infants receiving human milk and individuals providing human milk to infants. The results of this project will help us better understand the care dietitians provide to this population and the documentation of nutrition care in breastfeeding and lactation support, including the terminology being used to document this type of care. It will also examine the impact of the nutrition care provided by dietitians on resolution of nutrition problems resolution rate and on health outcomes, including breastfeeding duration and infant weight. Help us fill this gap in research and demonstrate the value of providing medical nutrition therapy to this population and the dietitian's role in doing so!
  • If you enter a baseline and at least one follow-up visit for ≥10 patients, you will receive a $25 Amazon gift card from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • You will receive CPEU credits (a potential of 3.5 credits) for completing trainings prior to starting data collection
  • You will gain experience in registry research, learn about or receive a refresh on the Nutrition Care Process and its terminology, and acquire knowledge on use of ANDHII, a data collection tool used to propel outcomes research.

How Do I Participate?

Please contact us to inquire about next steps to participate. This includes:

  • Site Agreement execution
  • Local Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, if applicable
  • Completion of trainings

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