In April Dietitians of Canada will release a new self-directed on-line learning program on Nutrition Screening with information appropriate for dietitians and other professionals in clinical or community settings. This program is made up of four 2 hour lessons that review what screening is and why it is relevant; criteria and examples of good screening tools; considerations for selecting appropriate tools for practice; and guidelines for implementing and evaluating a screening program.
After completion of this course, learners will:
- describe the complexity of identifying a definition for malnutrition and how this affects development of screening tools
- understand how screening fits into nutrition care
- describe key steps in the development of good nutrition screening tools
- be able to critique if a tool is appropriate for their practice setting
- identify if screening is appropriate for their setting and the form of screening that could be undertaken
- differentiate a screening tool from a screening program,
- describe the components of an ethical screening program, and
- formulate an implementation and evaluation plan for their practice setting.
The program is based on current research literature and defines best practice in nutrition screening using examples from around the world to illustrate key concepts. Concepts are transferable to other forms of measurement such as dysphagia screening and measurement tools.
This self-paced program is broken into sections easily covered in short periods of time and includes an extensive bibliography, case studies and reflective practice questions, glossary, and a final exam with a personal certificate of completion. Course author Heather Keller, PhD RD FDC, Schlegel Research Chair, Nutrition and Aging at the University of Waterloo, Canada, has extensive experience in nutrition screening research and practice and is a co-chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. She states “…this course is essential for every dietitian, providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to practice in complex health environments where nutrition care is integral to health and quality of life.”
For more information about this and other on-line learning programs offered by Dietitians of Canada, visit the DC website after April 1 at http://www.dietitians.ca/Knowledge-Center/Events-and-Learning/Online-Courses.aspx
Corinne Eisenbraun, MA, RD, FDC
Director, Professional Practice Development
Dietitians of Canada