imaginary media clip:Integrating dietitians into primary health care: benefits for patients, dietitians and the general practice team
INTRODUCTION: Dietetic service delivery in primary health care is an emerging area of dietetic practice in New Zealand.
AIM: This paper aims to describe the dietetic services being delivered in this setting and dietitians’ perceptions of the factors that have an effect on their ability to deliver an optimal service.
METHODS: Individual, qualitative, semi-structured, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 12 primary healthcare dietitians from a range of age, ethnicity and professional backgrounds. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using inductive thematic analysis.
RESULTS: Participants were delivering a range of services including: providing nutrition care directly to patients, helping to upskill other primary health care professionals in nutrition, and delivering health promotion initiatives to their local community. Three key factors were identified that participants perceived as having an effect on their ability to deliver effective dietetic services in primary health care: being part of a multidisciplinary general practice team, having flexible service delivery contracts appropriate for the setting and that supported integration, and having an adequate level of dietetic experience.
DISCUSSION: Dietitians working in primary health care recognise the importance of being well integrated into a multidisciplinary general practice team. This enables them to deliver more collaborative and coordinated nutrition care alongside their colleagues, to benefit patient care. Establishing flexible dietetic service delivery contracts, which support integration and take into account funding and workforce capacity requirements, may help ensure that the unique skill set of a dietitian is utilised to best effect
"ms. beckingsale, why is the integration of nutrition care into primary practice so important to you?"
"because it's 2016"
good on yas NZ!! important stuff.