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Impact of an Evidence-Based Practice Intervention on Knowledge and Clinical Practice Behaviors Among Registered Dietitians

Vogt, E. Annelie M. DCN, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSC; Byham-Gray, Laura D. PhD, RD; Denmark, Robert PhD; Touger-Decker, Riva PhD, RD

doi: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000061
Education of Dietitians

Implementation of evidence-based practice in clinical practice is essential for safety, quality, cost, and reimbursement of dietetics services. This prospective randomized controlled trial aimed to measure changes in knowledge and practice behaviors of evidence-based practice after an educational intervention. The ability to interpret statistical results improved significantly in the intervention group. When motivation to change was controlled for over time, a higher total knowledge score was demonstrated in the intervention group. This finding suggests that motivation to change was an important factor for the adoption of evidence-based practice knowledge into clinical practice among registered dietitians.

Department of Patient Support Services, MedStar Washington Hospital Center—Washington Cancer Institute, Washington, District of Columbia (Dr Vogt); Departments of Nutritional Sciences (Drs Byham-Gray and Touger-Decker) and Interdisciplinary Studies (Dr Denmark), School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark.

Correspondence: E. Annelie M. Vogt, DCN, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSC, Department of Patient Support Services, MedStar Washington Hospital Center—Washington Cancer Institute, 110 Irving St NW, Room C-1200, Washington DC 20010 (

The participant incentives for this study (2 gift cards and 1 tablet device) were acquired using award of the Foundation of the Academy of Nutrition Patsyjane O'Malley Memorial Scholarship 2013. The funding source had no impact on the design, collection, or analyses performed in relation to this study.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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