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eHealth readiness of dietitians

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: The present study aimed to determine the eHealth readiness

    and changes over time of dietitians in Australia.

    Methods: Two cross-sectional analyses of Australian dietitians were conducted

    in 2013 and 2016, using a survey adapted from one conducted in

    2011 by the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The survey encompassed

    30 questions on eHealth readiness across five dimensions: access, standards,

    attitude, aptitude and advocacy. Descriptive statistics, independent

    t-tests, chi-squared tests and Z-tests were computed to compare responses

    from the 2013 and 2016 surveys.

    Results: The survey completion rate represented 14.5% (747) of the Dietitians

    Association of Australia members in 2013 and 8% (417) in 2016. The

    survey responses in relation to access and standards suggest that dietitians

    are well positioned for eHealth. For attitude and aptitude, there is a moderate

    level of preparedness, with minor improvements over time. Although

    showing significant improvement (P < 0.05), advocacy highlights the area

    requiring the most development because the majority of dietitians (61%)

    reported ‘no role’ in eHealth solutions.

    Conclusions: Dietitians are progressing in relation to access, attitudinal and

    aptitudinal readiness for eHealth, although they rate poorly with respect to

    advocacy readiness. It was concluded that dietitians are not yet ready, and

    also that valuable opportunities to achieve the benefits that eHealth can

    deliver will be missed, if dietitians do not take the lead in guiding the development,

    selection and implementation of nutrition-related technologies.

    Strengthening the dimension of advocacy and ensuring collaboration across

    the profession, drawing on the varying expertise demonstrated across the

    practice areas and by the different generations, will be central to improving

    dietitian eHealth readiness.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Maunder, K., Walton, K., Williams, P., Ferguson, M. & Beck, E. (2018). eHealth readiness of dietitians. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 31 (4), 573-583.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85042391036

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/5243

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 573

End Page


  • 583

Volume


  • 31

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Background: The present study aimed to determine the eHealth readiness

    and changes over time of dietitians in Australia.

    Methods: Two cross-sectional analyses of Australian dietitians were conducted

    in 2013 and 2016, using a survey adapted from one conducted in

    2011 by the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The survey encompassed

    30 questions on eHealth readiness across five dimensions: access, standards,

    attitude, aptitude and advocacy. Descriptive statistics, independent

    t-tests, chi-squared tests and Z-tests were computed to compare responses

    from the 2013 and 2016 surveys.

    Results: The survey completion rate represented 14.5% (747) of the Dietitians

    Association of Australia members in 2013 and 8% (417) in 2016. The

    survey responses in relation to access and standards suggest that dietitians

    are well positioned for eHealth. For attitude and aptitude, there is a moderate

    level of preparedness, with minor improvements over time. Although

    showing significant improvement (P < 0.05), advocacy highlights the area

    requiring the most development because the majority of dietitians (61%)

    reported ‘no role’ in eHealth solutions.

    Conclusions: Dietitians are progressing in relation to access, attitudinal and

    aptitudinal readiness for eHealth, although they rate poorly with respect to

    advocacy readiness. It was concluded that dietitians are not yet ready, and

    also that valuable opportunities to achieve the benefits that eHealth can

    deliver will be missed, if dietitians do not take the lead in guiding the development,

    selection and implementation of nutrition-related technologies.

    Strengthening the dimension of advocacy and ensuring collaboration across

    the profession, drawing on the varying expertise demonstrated across the

    practice areas and by the different generations, will be central to improving

    dietitian eHealth readiness.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Maunder, K., Walton, K., Williams, P., Ferguson, M. & Beck, E. (2018). eHealth readiness of dietitians. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 31 (4), 573-583.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85042391036

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/5243

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 573

End Page


  • 583

Volume


  • 31

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom