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Can J Diet Pract Res. 2014 Spring;75(1):e335-41.

Psychosocial factors and intention to use the nutrition care process among dietitians and dietetic interns.

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1
Université Laval and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec-Hôpital St-François d'Assise.
2
Université Laval.
3
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec-Hôpital St-François d'Assise and Université Laval.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The theory of planned behaviour was used to explore the factors (i.e., attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioural control) affecting the intention of dietetic internship educators, new dietetic graduates, and dietetic interns to use the nutrition care process (NCP) in their clinical practice.

METHODS:

Participants (n=55) were recruited from the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program at Université Laval. They completed an online quantitative questionnaire assessing their intention to use the NCP in their clinical practice, as well as associated psychosocial factors. Open-ended questions were also used to gain a further understanding of the salient beliefs underlying participants' intention to use the NCP.

RESULTS:

Intention to use the NCP in practice and associated psychosocial factors were similar and favourable within the three participant groups. Subjective norm and perceived behavioural control were the psychosocial factors that significantly predicted an intention to use the NCP. The most cited perceived barrier to use of the NCP was a lack of knowledge, while the most cited facilitator was training opportunities.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results indicate that successful implementation of the NCP will likely require the development of theoretical and practical training activities for both pre-licensure students and experienced dietitians.

PMID:
24606960
DOI:
10.3148/75.1.2014.e335
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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