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dc.contributor.authorParker, Whadiah
dc.contributor.authorSteyn, Nelia P.
dc.contributor.authorMchiza, Zandile
dc.contributor.authorNthangeni, Gladys
dc.contributor.authorMbhenyane, Xikombiso
dc.contributor.authorDannhauser, Andre
dc.contributor.authorMoeng, Lynn
dc.contributor.authorWentzel-Viljoen, Edelweiss
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-20T10:05:55Z
dc.date.available2015-05-20T10:05:55Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationParker, W. et al. 2013. Dietitians in South Africa require more competencies in public health nutrition and management to address the nutritional needs of South Africans. Ethnicity & disease. 23:87-94. [http://www.ishib.org/wordpress/?page_id=39]en_US
dc.identifier.issn1049-510X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/13842
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to determine whether dietitians in South Africa are competent to meet the requirements of working in a health care setting during a compulsory oneyear community service (CS) program immediately after receiving their degree. A national survey was conducted using questionnaires to illicit information from dietitians on their training and competencies. In 2009, data were collected from both community service dietitians (CSDs) participating in community service programs in primary, secondary and tertiary health care centers in all provinces of South Africa, as well as from their provincial managers (nutrition coordinators). Sixteen (100% response) nutrition coordinators and 134 (80% response) dietitians participated in the quantitative survey. The majority of the CSDs reported that, overall, their academic training had prepared them for most aspects of nutrition service delivery. However, some recommended that academic programs include more training on community-based nutrition programs and in delivering optimal services to under-resourced communities as they believed that their competencies in these two areas were weakest. Furthermore, many CSDs were required to establish dietetics departments where none had previously existed; consequently, their capacity in management and administration needed improvement. In conclusion, academic training institutions should align their programs to the transformation of the health sector in South Africa by ensuring that dietitians are empowered to provide optimal public health nutrition services in under-resourced communities.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://www.ishib.org/wordpress/?page_id=39
dc.description.urihttp://www.ishib.org/wordpress/?page_id=2170
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherISHIB (International Society on Hypertension in Blacks)en_US
dc.subjectDietitiansen_US
dc.subjectacademic trainingen_US
dc.subjectcommunity serviceen_US
dc.subjectcompetenciesen_US
dc.titleDietitians in South Africa require more competencies in public health nutrition and management to address the nutritional needs of South Africansen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.researchID10998497 - Wentzel-Viljoen, Edelweiss


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