Practitioners view dietetic roles for the 1980s.

S. C. Parks, Penny Margaret Kris-Etherton

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A study was conducted among practitioners in Pennsylvania to obtain their opinions concerning essential entry-level competencies and those that they considered necessary when hiring and entry-level dietitian, and to determine how they felt about role specialization at the entry level or practice. The competencies identified as most critical for the entry-level dietitian were: (a) an understanding of the managerial processes of planning, organizing leading, evaluating, and controlling and their relationship to the management of human, material, and financial resources; (b) an understanding of the process, functions, and interrelationships of various systems of the human body; and (c) an ability to integrate knowledge of biological, social, and professional sciences into a comprehensive concept of human nutrition. A strong knowledge base, essential for the entry-level generalist, was indicated in the following areas: nutrition and disease, normal nutrition, food selection and planning, and food production systems. There was a perceived need for academic institutions to train both specialists and generalists in the 1980s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)574-576
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Dietetic Association
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Medicine(all)


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