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A Cross-Sectional Exploration of Research Outcome Expectations

Motivators for Dietetics Research Involvement

King, Carrie PhD, RD, CDE; Parrott, J. Scott PhD; Hand, Rosa MS, RDN, LD

doi: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000065
Dietetic Role Expansion

Research outcome expectations are the perceptions that research involvement is, or is not, personally valuable. This study compared the research outcome expectations of dietetics professionals with different levels of research experience. Three hundred fifty-five members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics completed an online survey (preprofessional students: n = 33 [3.3%], Dietetics Practice–Based Research Network members: n = 152 [11.2%], dietetics researchers: n = 170 [20.5%]). Significant differences were found between study groups for research outcome expectation (P < .01) and research involvement (P < .01). The practice setting is the ideal place to build dietetics research outcomes expectations through a collaborative strategy developed at the team or department level.

School of Allied Health, University of Alaska Anchorage (Dr King); Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Health Related Professions, Newark (Dr Parrott); and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietetics Practice Based Research Network, Chicago, Illinois (Ms Hand).

Correspondence: Carrie King, PhD, RD, CDE, UAA, School of Allied Health, 3211 Providence Drive, PSB 146 Anchorage, AK 99508 (

No conflicts of interest or sources of funding were declared for any of the authors.

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