EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has developed a Web-based resource to help dietitians and nutritionists provide optimal nutritional care to patients at the point of care. Nutrition Reference Center™ offers the latest evidence-based information on nutrition in an easy-to-use online format. This meets a vital need of patient care both inside and outside of a medical facility and also provides the opportunity for continuing education for its users.
Clinical dietitians perform an essential role in patient health, and Nutrition Reference Center provides easy access to the information they need to monitor, assess and optimize nutrition status based on the patient’s current medical condition. In addition to helping them to teach patients to make sound nutritional choices, Nutrition Reference Center enables dietitians to confer with physicians and other healthcare providers to coordinate patient nutritional needs and make dietary recommendations that may improve patient outcomes.
Betsy Jones, Vice President of Medical Product Management, says the role of proper nutrition in patient health cannot be understated, and she views Nutrition Reference Center as an important tool in helping nutritionists work with care teams to ensure a comprehensive patient-nutrition strategy is in place, both during and after a hospital stay. “Nutrition Reference Center will empower nutritionists to make decisions on patient nutrition as part of a holistic health strategy,” she says. “This tool will aid nutritionists in creating a plan for patients to make nutritionally sound choices to speed the recovery process, prevent disease and maintain a healthy life when they are released from hospital care.”
Content in Nutrition Reference Center is simple to search or browse from any Internet-connected desktop or mobile device. Clinicians can access the database via a mobile app or the mobile responsive-designed website. Information is presented in easy-to-navigate tabs (Diseases, Skills, Food, Guidelines, etc.). Users will find a comprehensive suite of content, including:
- Dietary therapy for specific diseases
- Types of diets and their potential benefits
- Information on vitamin and nutritional deficiencies
- Medical nutrition therapy, enteral and parenteral nutrition
- Herbal supplements/vitamins and interaction with food, impact on patient nutrition, etc.
Nutrition Reference Center provides Continuing Education modules to help dietitians obtain or maintain credentialing from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CINAHL Information Systems, which aggregates the information in this database, is accredited as a provider of continuing education by CDR and by the International Associating for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).