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Professional Partnerships: Key to Dietetics Practice Success

White, Jane V. PhD, RD, FADA; Bielak, Kenneth M. MD, MBA; Rogers, Edwin S. PhD, ABPP; Lennon, Elizabeth S. MPH, BSN

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Collaborative working relationships among health professionals are universally important and valuable to achieve and maintain. Yet such partnerships are critical to the provision of clinical nutrition services that are efficient and cost-effective. The ability of dietetics professionals to form and sustain professional partnerships is essential to the delivery of medical nutrition therapy, since it is provided and reimbursed based on physician diagnosis and relies heavily on referral by physicians or other health or social services team members. Techniques that facilitate communication and team building are described.

Department of Family Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, Tenn.

Corresponding author: Jane V. White, PhD, RD, FADA, Department of Family Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920 (e-mail: jwhite13@utk.edu).

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