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Authors

  1. Metcalf, Kevin DCN, RD, LD, FAND
  2. Wright, Lauri PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND
  3. Arikawa, Andrea Y. PhD, MPH, RDN, LD/N, FAND
  4. Ross, Jenifer DCN, RD, LD/N, FAND

Abstract

Dietitians are responsible for using evidence-based practice to mitigate the effects of obesity; however, it is unclear how dietitians use research to guide weight management interventions. The aim of this pilot study was to identify the barriers of research utilization and implementation of evidence-based practice in adult weight management. A survey was disseminated to dietitians working at least part-time with people with obesity. Dietitians seem to value research and evidence-based practice; however, implementation may be an issue. The pilot study found that workplace setting may provide a barrier to research utilization, but dietitian opinion of current screening and referral guidelines may also be a significant barrier to implementing best practices in adult weight management.