Research forms the backbone of dietetics practice and the basis for the Academy’s work in education and policy. The Academy develops research priorities that guide the organization’s:

  • Policy and standards for practice
  • Strategy for advocating, facilitating, convening, funding and educating its members
  • Collaboration with other scientists, health care providers and professional organizations.

The Academy promotes evidence-based practice and urges members to become involved in the research process. Practice-based research activity is critical to discovering not only how nutrition interventions affect different disease states, but also how they impact outcomes and the lives of patients. In addition, practice-based research in community settings fills a public health function and determines the role of nutrition in achieving a healthy population.

In keeping with its Research Philosophy, the Academy has a number of Current Projects and Initiatives to encourage practice-based nutrition research and offers resources for Applied Practice. Research also is used to inform and develop the Academy’s position and practice papers.

Academy Research Timeline

Medical Nutrition Therapy Across the Continuum of Care, 1st ed, published.
Medical Nutrition Therapy Evidence-Based Guides for Practice first published.
Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) launched.
First Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline (EBNPG): Disorders of Lipid Metabolism.
Nutrition Care Process (NCP) model and Nutrition Diagnostic Terminology first published.
Nutrition Care Process integrated into EBNPG development.
International Dietetics & Nutrition Terminology (IDNT) Reference Manual, 1st edition, published.
EBNPG toolkits published with outcomes-tracking tools.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII) launched.
Electronic Nutrition Care Process and Terminology (eNCPT) launched.
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Applied Practice

Dietetics research improves patient care and outcomes by collecting, evaluating and analyzing data from different nutrition interventions to provide a foundation for evidence-based dietetics practice.

Philosophy and Structure

The Academy has developed a Research Philosophy and Structure for the organization that reflects its emphasis on evidence-based practice.

Projects, Tools and Initiatives

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has two main tools for encouraging member participation in research projects: the Nutrition Research Network and Health Informatics Infrastructure.