Toward evidence-based, client-centred nutrition ...

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Title Toward evidence-based, client-centred nutrition education guidelines: dietitian and consumer survey results.
Author(s) D. Maclellan, C. Morley, K. Traviss, T. Cividin
Journal Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research : A Publication of Dietitians of Canada / Revue Canadienne de la Pratique et de la Recherche en Dietetique : Une Publication des Dietetistes du Canada
Date 2011
Volume 72
Issue 3
Start page 111
End page 116
Abstract Purpose: Dietitian and consumer perspectives on nutrition education needs and preferences were explored, as these relate to health status Methods: Phases 1 and 2 of a three-phase, mixed-methods study are reported. Phase 1 was a national online survey of dietitians, which was designed to inform the development of a consumer survey (Phase 2). Consumers responded to an online survey about their demographics, medical conditions, and nutrition education needs (what they wanted to learn) and preferences (how they wanted to learn). Phase 3 involved teleconferenced discussion groups with dietitians across Canada to develop guidelines for nutrition education. Results: Dietitian respondents (n=441) perceived that consumer health status was important in predicting needs and preferences for nutrition education; emotional support was considered most important for consumers with life-altering medical conditions. Consumers (n=680) expressed interest in an array of nutrition education approaches; cooking tips, recipes, and supplement advice were the most popular. Respondents with and without medical conditions had similar nutrition education needs and preferences. Conclusions: Because of the complexity of nutrition education and consumers' preference for a spectrum of approaches and delivery methods, evidence-based nutrition education guidelines are important to inform dietetics training for the provision of client-centred nutrition education.
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