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NUTRITION CARE PROCESS UPDATE COURSE

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, and the Ghana Dietetic Association(GDA)  in collaboration with the Iowa State University and the University of North Florida has organized a day’s workshop for Registered Dietitians, Dietetic interns and students of the University of Ghana.

Speaking at the opening of the Workshop, Dr. Matilda Asante, Acting Head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, stressed the need to implement Nutrition Care Process by Dietitians in their patient care delivery

The Nutrition Care Process (NCP) is a systematic approach to providing high-quality nutrition care. The process provides a framework for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to individualize care, taking into account the patients’ needs and values and using the best evidence available to make decisions.

According to Dr. Matilda Asante, the workshop was a follow up to the one organized in 2013, which also trained a total of 150 Ghanaian dieticians and students on Nutrition Care Process (NCP).

She noted that a survey conducted in 2016 on the status of implementation of NCP in Ghana, presented at the 2016 Conference of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the United States of America, recommended the need to develop a training and support system to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the NCP.

Professor Laurie Wright, one of the resource persons for the workshop, said that the Nutrition Care Process offers consistency in measuring patient outcomes which goes to improve the quality of care that dietitians provide. She said that makes the Nutrition Care Process an indispensable tool in patient care delivery.

Other resource Persons for the Workshop were Sherri Lewis- RND, LD, DCN Program, university of North Florida, Amy Galena McGowan -RND.LD/DCN Program University of North Florida.

Some of the participants for the workshop were Dietetic interns from Iowa State University who have completed their one-month community nutrition rotation at the University of Ghana Nutrition Research centre in Asesewa. About 150 participants, attended the Workshop.

The programme was partly sponsored by Nestle Ghana Limited; Organisation and Research Innovation Department (ORID)-University of Ghana.