Process models in dietetic care: a comparison between models in Europe

Daniel Buchholz, Alexandra Kolm, Koen Vanherle, Marleen Adam, Kathrin Kohlenberg-Mueller, Maaike Roemeling-Walters, Daniela Wewerka-Kreimel, Christina Gast, Karoline Lange, Sabine Ohlrich-Hahn, Shelly Rachman-Elbaum, Eline Baete, Renate Heine-Bröring, Elisabeth Höld, Andrea Werkman

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    Using a Dietetic Care Process (DCP) can lead to improved application of evidence-based guidelines and critical thinking in dietetics. One aim of the project Improvement of Education and Competences in Dietetics (IMPECD) is to develop a unified DCP for international educational purposes. Therefore, a comparison of European DCPs was needed.A concise literature search and semi-structured interviews with experts representing the full EFAD (European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians) member states were conducted from June to October 2017.16 out of 23 EFAD member states responded (70%) from which 13 indicated to use a DCP. Eight different DCPs were found, with four to six core steps and three graphical representations. In one country the use of a dietetic process is indicated by law. The DCPs have more similarities than differences as they follow the same principles. Differences in language or form may not limit the improvement in collaboration and international exchange in dietetic practice. These results provide a good basis for the development of a unified DCP for educational purposes.
    Translated title of the contributionProcesmodellen in de diëtetiek: Een vergelijking tussen Europese modellen
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)154-163
    JournalErnahrungs Umschau
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


    • dietetic care
    • nutrition
    • europe


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