Online training introduces a novel approach to the Dietetic Care Process documentation

Shelly Rachman-Elbaum, Aliza H. Stark, Josefa Kachal, Teresa Johnson, Bat Sheva Porat-Katz*

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Abstract

Aim: Nutrition professionals in Israel are developing a system to document the Dietetic Care Process (DCP) tailored for specific patient sectors and compliant with national health guidelines. The ultimate goal is to achieve uniform documentation and improve nutrition care. Israeli dietetic practitioners work in specific patient sectors; therefore, a patient population-specific reporting system is proposed instead of the typical singular format applied across all patient populations. The purpose of this project was to evaluate learning outcomes and attitudes among registered dietitians (RDs) after online training of a novel DCP documentation system. Methods: A total of 80 Israeli RDs working in geriatric practice completed an eight-week online educational program learning documentation that is compatible for use with electronic health records and compliant with Israeli standards of practice. A paired sample t-test and McNemar test were used to analyse pre- to post-test performance, while Pearson's r, point-biserial, Spearman's and ANOVA were used to assess relationships among variables. Results: Post-test knowledge scores increased significantly, t (67) = -9.007, P = 0.000; 95% CI (−26.713, −17.019). Age, education, geographic location and previous experience with online courses were not correlated with academic performance, suggesting that demographic characteristics did not impact training. Overall, RDs (>80%) responded positively to the training model and were highly interested in future proficiency online learning opportunities (98%). Conclusions: A sectoral DCP online training program significantly improved knowledge and was rated favourably by Israeli RDs. DCP training for clinical practitioners may be optimised when standardised nutrition care and reporting systems are adapted to specific patient populations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)365-371
Number of pages7
JournalNutrition and Dietetics
Volume74
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Dietitians Association of Australia

Keywords

  • International Dietetic Nutrition Terminology
  • Moodle
  • Nutrition Care Process
  • online learning
  • registered dietitian

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