Brooks College of Health
Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)
Nutrition & Dietetics
NACO controlled Corporate Body
University of North Florida. Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
Dr. Lauri Wright
Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof
Dr. Kathrin Eliot
Dr. Lauri Wright
Dr. Curt Lox
Interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) are associated with improved perception, values, attitudes towards collaborative practice, and therefore benefits patients, practitioners, and health care systems. Notable organizations have long promoted standardized guidelines for best practices in interdisciplinary team-based learning to improve patient safety and health outcomes. The state of IPE in nutrition and dietetics practice was recently addressed by the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The authors generated a call to action to engage in IPCP while pushing the boundaries of leadership in teaching, research, and practice. Present understanding of IPE demonstrates the need for further research particularly focused on the relationship between the types of IPE activities and the outcomes of self-confidence and competence surrounding IPCP achieved by new RDN practitioners. Unique in its approach, this study deployed mixed methods research to ascertain current IPE practices within nutrition and dietetics programs. RDN practitioners within the first few years of independent practice were surveyed to collect data on program type, IPE activities, and reactions to these learning experiences. This information was then analyzed to determine significant findings and indications for the second phase of focus groups comprised of current program directors. The qualitative portion provided detailed information such as thematic elements, IPE activities within programs and recommendations. Information gathered helped to identify opportunities to improve the IPE practices in the education and training of future nutrition and dietetics professionals.
Petrosky, Stephanie N., "Interprofessional education activities and new practitioner competence: Implications for practice in nutrition and dietetics education" (2022). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 1135.