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Evaluation of NSW dietitian responses to a questionnaire of accessibility of dietetic services and the use of a web-based dietary assessment to improve services

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Rural Australians have poor access to health care services, increasing the incidences of

    disease and mortality. Technology may be a means to improve this accessibility by reducing

    the amount of time dietitians spend collecting diet histories. A web-based program,

    DietAdvice, can increase the amount of time spent with patients on education and

    counselling. The aim of this study was to investigate the benefits of a program such as

    DietAdvice on the accessibility of dietetic services and to describe the potential impacts of

    DietAdvice for dietitians working in both rural and urban settings. Results from an earlier,

    evaluation phase of the DietAdvice website, were used to develop a questionnaire. The

    questionnaire was pilot tested and comprised of 26 open and closed questions. Forty-one

    dietitians were recruited to complete the questionnaire. Twenty-three (56%) dietitians

    responded of which 61% worked outside of metropolitan Sydney and 61% had a waiting list

    ranging from over one week to four months. Staff shortage and travel time were reported to

    be the main reasons for long waiting lists. Sixty-one percent of dietitians take 10-20 minutes

    diet history interviews, while 22% take longer than 20 minutes. Seventy-eight percent of

    respondents believed DietAdvice could be beneficial in private practice, with 30% believing

    it could be useful in community practice and hospitals. NSW dietitians seeing 20 patients per

    week could spend 200-400 minutes collecting data for diet histories, time which could

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Probst, Y. & Jones, N. (2008). Evaluation of NSW dietitian responses to a questionnaire of accessibility of dietetic services and the use of a web-based dietary assessment to improve services. In Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference, 29-30 May, Gold Coast, QLD. Nutrition and Dietetics, 65 (2), A41-A41.

Start Page


  • A41

End Page


  • A41

Volume


  • 65

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Abstract


  • Rural Australians have poor access to health care services, increasing the incidences of

    disease and mortality. Technology may be a means to improve this accessibility by reducing

    the amount of time dietitians spend collecting diet histories. A web-based program,

    DietAdvice, can increase the amount of time spent with patients on education and

    counselling. The aim of this study was to investigate the benefits of a program such as

    DietAdvice on the accessibility of dietetic services and to describe the potential impacts of

    DietAdvice for dietitians working in both rural and urban settings. Results from an earlier,

    evaluation phase of the DietAdvice website, were used to develop a questionnaire. The

    questionnaire was pilot tested and comprised of 26 open and closed questions. Forty-one

    dietitians were recruited to complete the questionnaire. Twenty-three (56%) dietitians

    responded of which 61% worked outside of metropolitan Sydney and 61% had a waiting list

    ranging from over one week to four months. Staff shortage and travel time were reported to

    be the main reasons for long waiting lists. Sixty-one percent of dietitians take 10-20 minutes

    diet history interviews, while 22% take longer than 20 minutes. Seventy-eight percent of

    respondents believed DietAdvice could be beneficial in private practice, with 30% believing

    it could be useful in community practice and hospitals. NSW dietitians seeing 20 patients per

    week could spend 200-400 minutes collecting data for diet histories, time which could

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Probst, Y. & Jones, N. (2008). Evaluation of NSW dietitian responses to a questionnaire of accessibility of dietetic services and the use of a web-based dietary assessment to improve services. In Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference, 29-30 May, Gold Coast, QLD. Nutrition and Dietetics, 65 (2), A41-A41.

Start Page


  • A41

End Page


  • A41

Volume


  • 65

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Nutrition and Dietetics