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2013 (English)In: Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, ISSN 0250-6807, E-ISSN 1421-9697, Vol. 63, 1736-1737 p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
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Background and objectives: DIETS2 (Dietitians ensuringeducation, teaching and professional quality) is an EU ThematicNetwork bring together an active network of dietetic (andnutrition) associations and higher education institutions. Theintention is to improve European nutritional health througheducation and practice. ‘Health 2020’ (WHO, 2012) calls fora new working culture fostering cooperation across Europe to enhance healthcare necessitating a great emphasis on lifelonglearning for health professionals. Advanced competencestandards for dietitians, which describe the higher levels ofknowledge and complex responsibilities required, have nowbeen developed.Methods: Invitation to access an on-line questionnaire(Lime-survey) was sent out via European Federation of Associationsof Dietitians (EFAD) and DIETS2 partners in 2011.The questionnaire collected information on demographics,working environments and identified second and third cycledietetic competences.Results: 2030 dietitians from 35 countries over a range ofoccupational fields; Clinical (66%), Public Health (35%), Administrative(30%), Higher Education Teaching (20%) and Research(18%) responded. Competences identified for working atadvanced level were Advanced Knowledge and Understandingof Dietetics; Dietetic Process and Professional Reasoning; ProfessionalRelationships; Professional Autonomy and Accountability;Educator Skills; Research and Development in Dieteticsand its Science; Leadership and Management of ProfessionalDietetics; Entrepreneurial Skills and Business Development ofDietetics. The identified advanced competences (EDAC, 2012)and their performance indicators are now accepted by EFADfor Pan-European application and form the basis for LifelongLearning for dietitians post qualification.Conclusions: The EDAC Framework represents the firstdefinition of the competences required by nutrition and dieteticprofessionals to meet the Health 2020 agenda and provides abenchmark against which health professionals and their clientscan judge their competence.

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S. Karger, 2013. Vol. 63, 1736-1737 p.
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advanced competences, dietitians, lifelong learning, WHO
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Nutrition and Dietetics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83793ISI: 000324548205288OAI: diva2:677156
20th International Congress of Nutrition, Granada, September 2013
Available from: 2013-12-09 Created: 2013-12-06 Last updated: 2015-10-12Bibliographically approved

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