Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) Publishes Clinical Dietetics Manual for its Members
  • Country – India
    About 3 years ago, the registration board of IDA which was then headed by Molly Joshi, PhD, RD, decided to publish a clinical manual which would not only benefit the members of IDA but also bring in standards in clinical dietetics practice in India.  With the help of former national president of IDA, Dharini Krishnan, PhD, RD, a group of senior practicing dietitians were invited to work on this project.  Each member in this group was assigned one topic in clinical practice and her responsibility was to write a chapter with latest available clinical guidelines for a disease.  The manual was compiled by Shobha Kumar, a senior academician, and edited by senior practicing dietitians.  It was released in December 2011 at the annual national conference of IDA held in New Delhi. 
    The manual covers basic dietetics, dietary management for gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes mellitus, cardiac diseases, kidney disorders, cancer, HIV, burns, critical care, geriatric nutrition, pediatric nutrition and dietary management in pediatric diseases.  The chapters deal with nutritional recommendations for each condition, related physiology, dietary modifications and so on.  Copies of the manual are available with every IDA state chapter and can be bought at a very nominal price. 
    This is the first attempt by IDA to bring out a clinical dietetics manual which will serve as a guideline to every practicing dietitian in India.  The plan is to revise the manual every five years.
    Sheela Krishnaswamy