Interprofessional Educational Experience among Dietitians after a Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Rotation

Jill B. Fernandez, Kelly Ahearn, Michael Atar, Frederick G. More, Lisa Sasson, Linda Rosenberg, Emilie Godfrey, Rima Sehl, Marcia Daronch

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Abstract

Interprofessional education is interactive learning focused on collaboration and prepares professionals to improve patient care in a collaborative team environment. This article explores how registered dietitians' views and clinical practices regarding pediatric oral health and nutrition have been influenced by interprofessional education with pediatric dentists. Surveys were e-mailed to 150 dietitians who graduated from New York University and may have participated in a pediatric dental rotation between 2005 and 2010. Out of the 109 who were eligible, 36 (33%) responded. The respondents experienced positive collaboration (72%) as well as an increase in awareness (61%) and knowledge (58%) of the relationship between oral health and dietary habits. Dietitians and dentists have the potential to address overall health and the current obesity epidemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-201
Number of pages9
JournalTopics in Clinical Nutrition
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • counseling
  • dietitian
  • interprofessional education
  • nutrition
  • oral health
  • pediatric dentistry
  • pediatric nutrition
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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