Canada promotes the IDNT
  • Country – Canada

    Dietitians of Canada has been making positive strides in bringing the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and the International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology (IDNT) to the attention of parliamentarians and policy makers, as well as encouraging members to adopt it in their daily practice. Two opportunities to let decision-makers learn about the IDNT and to advocate for its incorporation into system–wide electronic health record planning were acted upon recently. 

    On November 1, 2010 Brenda Hotson and Carlota Basualdo, leaders in the IDNT in Canada, with support from DC and ADA staff, presented to the Canada Infoway Terminology Representation and Services Standards Collaborative Working Group (SCWG9), a national Canadian task force charged with making nationwide decisions that affect the adoption and implementation of standard terminology databases for use in electronic health records.  The presentation included information on the purpose of the language, its use and uptake in Canada, the tools available to encourage uptake of the language by Canadian dietitians and referenced support for the language internationally.   The presentation also provided data from benchmarking studies undertaken in several large centres in Canada and data from a national survey of DC members, asking about the awareness and uptake of the INDT into dietetic practice. ADA shared results of similar studies showing as awareness of the language grew, there has been increased adoption of it across the USA over the last several years.

    Later in November, DC submitted a report to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology which advocated for the adoption of the IDNT (among other things) as a means of providing quality health care services in Canada.   This report may be accessed at 

    Copies of the presentation to SCWG9, may be requested from Dietitians of Canada by writing to


    Corinne Eisenbraun, MA, RD FDC
    Director, Professional Practice Development
    Dietitians of Canada