What does it take to develop a website for clinical dietitians to enhance learning of the Nutrition Care Process

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Title

Nutrition & Dietetics




School of Medical and Health Sciences




Kinghorn, V., Devine, A., O'Sullivan, T., Costello, L., & Vivanti, A. (2016). What does it take to develop a website for clinical dietitians to enhance learning of the Nutrition Care Process. Poster session presented at the Dietitians Association of Australia 33rd National Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

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The Nutrition Care Process (NCP) was designed to provide a framework of care for patients; however, implementation internationally remains inconsistent. This qualitative study determined the current NCP needs of Asian dietitians in order to develop a website to facilitate learning and an online community of practice. Seven face‐to‐face focus groups were conducted. Participants (n = 42) were predominantly female (86%); worked full‐time (93%), were employed in hospitals (88%) or private practice (12%) and documented medical records in English. Most knew of the NCP previously from conferences or university studies. Thematic analyses identified barriers to NCP and included a lack of (1) knowledge; (2) time; (3) access to training; (4) peer support; and (5) the funding required to acquire NCP resources. These findings informed the development of the website, which was piloted among student dietitians. Minor changes to functionality and community sections of the website were undertaken before global release. Within two months of launching the Dietitians Online Nutrition Care Process (DoNCP), a total of 95 international dietitians had signed up. Average weekly website statistics demonstrated 8488 page views, 28 posts and 45 sign‐ins. Whilst almost all focus group participants expressed positive attitudes towards the NCP and its adoption in their routine practice, significant barriers were identified. Hence the DoNCP website will provide opportunities for potential early adopters to (1) access resources and case studies; (2) enhance learning with experts in discussion forums; and (3) provide a supportive communication and peer‐networking as indicated by focus groups.

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