Development of Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guidelines

Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines are a series of guiding statements and treatment algorithms developed using a systematic process for identifying, analyzing and synthesizing scientific evidence. Evidence-based guidelines are designed to assist in decisions about appropriate nutrition care for specific disease states or conditions in typical settings. Key elements of each guideline consist of an explanation of the scope, interventions and practices considered, summary of major recommendations and the corresponding rating of evidence strength, including areas of agreement and disagreement.

The Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines are derived from completed Evidence Analysis Library systematic reviews. The Academy workgroup that guides the systematic reviews also develops the disease-specific guideline.

The workgroup members review of evidence gathered in the Evidence Analysis Library, including the evidence summaries, evidence worksheets and conclusion statement. Based on this, they formulate recommendations to include in the guideline and outline a recommended course of action for practitioners. The recommendations consist of two brief and separate statements: what the registered dietitian nutritionist should or should not do and the reasons behind the recommended action.