International Collaboration Closing the Evidence to Practice Gap
  • Translating research into practice is an issue challenging all health professions. The ICDA 2010 consensus statement on evidence-based dietetic practice identifies important elements such as asking questions, systematically finding and assessing the quality of evidence, as well as combining that information with expertise or experiences and the client or community values to guide decision-making.  A major barrier is lack of awareness for new evidence – this is not surprising as there were over 20,000 new PubMed citations and 76 journals in the field of nutrition and dietetics in 2013. Dietitians need to be both aware and savvy users of technology to advance their practice. 
     
    Launched by Dietitians of Canada in 2005, and now in partnership with the British Dietetic Association and Dietitians Association of Australia, the dynamic web-enabled PEN (Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition®) system has evidence-based, peer-reviewed answers to practice questions across the diverse domains of dietetic practice.  This historic collaboration of ICDA members is helping to close the evidence to practice gap and advance dietetics internationally.
     
    Check out PEN today: http://www.pennutrition.com/
     
    Judy Bauer
    Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition Translational Research Leader
    Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)