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Development of advanced practice competency standards for dietetics in Australia

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Abstract


  • Aim: This study aimed to explore the work roles, major tasks and core activities of advanced practice dietitians in

    Australia to define the Competency Standards for advanced practice.

    Methods: A qualitative approach was used to review advanced dietetic practice in Australia involving experienced

    professionals, mostly dietitians. Four focus groups were conducted with a total of 17 participants and an average of

    20 years experience: 15 dietitian practitioners plus 2 employers (1 dietitian and 1 non-dietitian). The focus groups

    explored the key purpose, roles and outcomes of these practitioners. Data from the focus groups were confirmed

    with in-depth interviews about their core activities with a purposive sample of 10 individuals recently recognised as

    Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians. Data from both focus groups and interviews were analysed adductively to

    identify key themes.

    Results: The key theme that emerged to define advanced dietetics practice was leadership, with four subthemes

    that described in more detail the major work roles and outcomes of advanced practice. These subthemes identified

    that advanced practitioners were (i) outcome-focused, having impact; (ii) influence others and advocate; (iii) innovate

    and embrace change; and (iv) inspire others and are recognised for their practice. These outcomes were conceptualised

    within a broad generalist framework to generate revised Competency Standards.

    Conclusions: This study confirmed that leadership rather than specialist practice skills is the key determinant of

    advanced practice.

Authors


  •   Palermo, Claire (external author)
  •   Capra, Sandra (external author)
  •   Beck, Eleanor
  •   Dart, Janeane (external author)
  •   Conway, J (external author)
  •   Ash, Susan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Palermo, C., Capra, S., Beck, E. J., Dart, J., Conway, J. & Ash, S. (2017). Development of advanced practice competency standards for dietetics in Australia. Nutrition and Dietetics, 74 (4), 327-333.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85021249067

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6086&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/5034

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 327

End Page


  • 333

Volume


  • 74

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Aim: This study aimed to explore the work roles, major tasks and core activities of advanced practice dietitians in

    Australia to define the Competency Standards for advanced practice.

    Methods: A qualitative approach was used to review advanced dietetic practice in Australia involving experienced

    professionals, mostly dietitians. Four focus groups were conducted with a total of 17 participants and an average of

    20 years experience: 15 dietitian practitioners plus 2 employers (1 dietitian and 1 non-dietitian). The focus groups

    explored the key purpose, roles and outcomes of these practitioners. Data from the focus groups were confirmed

    with in-depth interviews about their core activities with a purposive sample of 10 individuals recently recognised as

    Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians. Data from both focus groups and interviews were analysed adductively to

    identify key themes.

    Results: The key theme that emerged to define advanced dietetics practice was leadership, with four subthemes

    that described in more detail the major work roles and outcomes of advanced practice. These subthemes identified

    that advanced practitioners were (i) outcome-focused, having impact; (ii) influence others and advocate; (iii) innovate

    and embrace change; and (iv) inspire others and are recognised for their practice. These outcomes were conceptualised

    within a broad generalist framework to generate revised Competency Standards.

    Conclusions: This study confirmed that leadership rather than specialist practice skills is the key determinant of

    advanced practice.

Authors


  •   Palermo, Claire (external author)
  •   Capra, Sandra (external author)
  •   Beck, Eleanor
  •   Dart, Janeane (external author)
  •   Conway, J (external author)
  •   Ash, Susan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Palermo, C., Capra, S., Beck, E. J., Dart, J., Conway, J. & Ash, S. (2017). Development of advanced practice competency standards for dietetics in Australia. Nutrition and Dietetics, 74 (4), 327-333.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85021249067

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6086&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/5034

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 327

End Page


  • 333

Volume


  • 74

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Australia