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Chapter 4759-6 | Professional Responsibility

Rule 4759-6-01 | Standards of practice in nutrition care.

The standards of practice in nutrition care provide a common understanding about the profession's minimum expectations for practice, and form a basis for self-evaluation and improvement and an expectation about nutritional care and service delivery. The standards of practice in nutrition care are comprised of four standards representing the four steps of the nutrition care process.

The "nutrition care process" is a systematic problem-solving method that dietitians may use to critically think and make decisions when providing medical nutrition therapy or to address nutrition related problems and provide safe, effective, high quality nutrition care.

The nutrition care process shall consist of four distinct, but interrelated steps including nutrition assessment, nutrition diagnosis, nutrition intervention and nutrition monitoring and evaluation.

(A) The licensee uses accurate and relevant data and information to perform nutrition assessment and identify nutrition-related problems, as the foundation for nutrition diagnosis, the second step of the nutrition care process.

(1) "Nutrition assessment" means the same as "nutritional assessment" defined in paragraph (A) of rule 4759-2-01 of the Administrative Code.

(2) A nutrition assessment is initiated by referral and / or screening of individuals or groups for nutrition risk factors.

(3) The licensee systematically obtains, verifies and interprets data in order to make decisions about the nature and cause of nutrition-related problems.

(4) Nutrition assessment is an ongoing, dynamic process that involves not only initial data collection, but also reassessment and analysis of client or community needs.

(5) Problems that require consultation with or referral to another provider are recognized.

(6) Documentation and communication of nutritional assessment shall be complete, relevant, accurate and timely.

(B) The licensee determines a nutrition diagnosis to identify and label specific nutrition problem(s) that the dietitian is responsible for treating.

(1) "Nutrition diagnosis" is the identification and labeling that describes an actual occurrence, risk of, or potential for developing, a nutritional problem that dietetics practitioners are responsible for treating independently.

(2) The nutrition diagnosis is not a medical diagnosis. It results following nutrition assessment and the clustering, analysis, and synthesis of data and demonstrates a link to determining goals for outcomes, selecting appropriate interventions and tracking progress in attaining expected outcomes.

(3) Documentation of nutrition diagnosis(es) shall be relevant, accurate and timely and shall be revised and updated as additional assessment data become available.

(C) The licensee utilizes nutrition intervention as the third step in the nutrition care process to identify and implement appropriate, purposefully planned actions designed with the intent of changing a nutrition-related behavior, risk factor, environmental condition or aspect of health status for an individual, target group, or the community at large.

(1) "Nutrition Intervention" is a specific set of activities and associated materials used to address the problem; purposely planned actions designed with the intent of changing a nutrition-related behavior, risk factor, environmental condition, or aspect of health status for an individual, target group, or the community at large. It involves selection, planning, and implementing appropriate actions to meet patient / client / group's nutrition needs.

(2) "Intervention planning" involves prioritizing the nutrition diagnoses, conferring with the patient / client / and / or others, reviewing practice guides and policies, and setting goals and defining the specific nutrition intervention strategy.

(3) "Implementation of the nutrition intervention" is the action phase that includes carrying out and communicating the plan of care, continuing data collection, and revising the nutrition intervention strategy, as warranted, based on the patient / client response.

(4) The licensee performs the interventions or assigns the nutrition care that other competent practitioners may provide in accordance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.

(D) The licensee monitors and evaluates indicators and outcomes data directly related to the nutrition diagnosis, goals and intervention strategies to determine the progress made in achieving desired outcomes of nutrition care and whether planned interventions should be continued or revised.

(1) "Nutrition monitoring and evaluation" is the fourth step of the nutrition care process. Monitoring specifically refers to the review and measurement of the patient / client / group's status at a scheduled (preplanned) follow-up point with regard to the nutrition diagnosis, intervention plans / goals and outcomes, whereas evaluation is the systematic comparison of current findings with previous status, intervention goals, or a reference standard. Monitoring and evaluation use selected outcome indicators (markers) that are relevant to the patient / client / group's defined needs, nutrition diagnosis, nutrition goals, and disease state.

(2) The licensee uses standard nutrition care outcome indicator(s) to measure outcomes.

(3) Monitoring data should be compared with the nutrition prescription / goals / or reference standards to evaluate impact of the sum of all interventions on overall patient / client health outcomes.

(4) Documentation of nutrition monitoring and evaluation shall be comprehensive, specific, accurate, relevant and timely and reflect the indicators measured, results and method for obtaining measurement. The criteria to which the indicator is compared and factors facilitating or hampering progress should be referenced in support of positive or negative outcomes. Future plans for nutrition care, monitoring and follow-up or discharge should be included.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4759.05
Amplifies: 4759.05
Five Year Review Date: 11/30/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 3/15/2003
Rule 4759-6-02 | Standards of professional performance.

Every licensee shall comply with the following standards of professional performance consistent with the June 1, 2018 "Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession" adopted by the academy of nutrition and dietetics which is available from the website of the state medical board at the following link:

(A) Credentials.

(1) The licensee shall accurately present professional qualifications and credentials.

(2) The licensee shall permit use of that licensee's name for the purpose of certifying that dietetic services have been rendered only if the licensee has provided or supervised those services.

(B) Provision of service.

The licensee shall provide professional service based on client expectations and needs. Quality service is provided, facilitated and promoted based on the licensee's knowledge, experience and understanding of client needs and expectations.

(1) The licensee shall avoid discrimination on the basis of factors that are irrelevant to the provision of professional services, including, but not limited to race, creed, sex, age, or handicap.

(2) The licensee shall assure that sufficient information is available to enable a client to establish mutual goals and make informed decisions.

(C) Quality in practice.

(1) The licensee shall systematically evaluate the quality of service and improve practice based on evaluation results.

(2) Quality practice requires regular performance evaluation and continuous improvement.

(3) The licensee shall adhere to acceptable standards for that licensee's area of practice and be designated to deliver services as approved by their facility. The authority and privilege to practice within the scope shall be consistent with all state and federal laws and rules governing the practice of dietetics.

(4) The licensee shall generate, interpret and effectively apply evidence based interventions substantiated by research.

(D) Competence and accountability.

(1) The licensee shall assume responsibility and accountability for personal competence in practice and engage in lifelong learning. Competent and accountable practice includes continuous acquisition of knowledge and skill development.

(a) The licensee shall establish performance criteria, compare actual performance with expected performance, document results and take appropriate action.

(b) The licensee shall conduct self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses at regular intervals and develop, implement and evaluate an individual plan for practice based on assessment of client needs, current knowledge, and clinical experience.

(2) The licensee shall maintain knowledge and skills required for continued professional competence.

(3) The licensee shall recognize the limits of that licensee's qualifications and seek counsel or make referrals as appropriate.

(E) Conflict.

(1) The licensee shall remain free of conflict of interest while fulfilling the objectives and maintaining the integrity of the dietetic profession.

(2) The licensee shall advance and promote the profession while maintaining professional judgment, honesty, integrity, loyalty, and trust to colleagues, clients and the public.

(F) Endorsement.

The licensee shall promote or endorse products only in a manner that is true and not misleading.

(G) Communication and application of knowledge.

The licensee shall effectively apply knowledge and communicate with others to achieve common goals by effective sharing and application of their unique knowledge and skills in food, human nutrition and management services.

(H) Utilization and management of resources.

The licensee shall use resources effectively and efficiently.

The licensee shall use a systematic approach to identify, monitor, analyze and justify the use of time, money, facilities, staff and other resources while considering safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering interventions.

(I) Approval of a general program of weight control.

A "general program of weight control" as defined in rule 4759-5-06 of the Administrative Code must be approved by either a registered or licensed dietitian or physician licensed in Ohio. For purposes of division (J) of section 4759.10 of the Revised Code, the licensee shall provide written approval of all components of the general program of weight control and assume responsibility for the following:

(1) Guidelines for instruction: program content and written step-by-step information that the presenter provides to customers to enable them to follow the meal plan and other aspects of a general program of weight control.

(2) Meal plans: general categories or groups of foods and suggested combinations of specific foods. Meal plans shall not be individualized for specific persons, conditions, or disease states.

(3) Handouts: any information distributed in conjunction with the general program of weight control.

(4) Supplements: products, including vitamins, minerals, herbs and other substances used as part of, or an enhancement to, a general program of weight control. The use of these products shall be substantiated by current scientific evidence.

(J) Supervision.

When providing supervision of another for purposes of division (G) of section 4759.06 and divisions (B) and (E) of section 4759.10 of the Revised Code, and rule 4759-5-02 of the Administrative Code, a licensee shall assume responsibility for the supervision in a manner that protects the public.

(K) Compliance.

The licensee shall comply with all laws and regulations concerning the profession, but shall seek to change them if the laws or regulations are inconsistent with the best interest of the public and the profession. The licensee:

(1) Shall accept the obligation to protect society and the profession by upholding the standards of practice and standards of professional performance; and

(2) Shall report alleged violations of the laws, rules and standards to the state medical board.

(L) Interpretation of information and application of research.

(1) The licensee shall present substantiated information and interpret controversial information without personal bias, recognizing that a legitimate difference of opinion may exist.

(2) The licensee shall apply, participate in, or generate research to enhance practice and to improve safety and quality of dietetic practice and services.

(M) Confidentiality.

The licensee shall maintain information consistent with legal obligations and client confidentiality.

(N) Professional conduct.

(1) The licensee shall conduct all practices with honesty, integrity, and fairness; and

(2) The licensee shall make and fulfill professional commitments in good faith; and

(3) The licensee shall inform the public and colleagues of services by use of factual information.

(4) The licensee shall make reasonable efforts to avoid bias in professional evaluation.

(O) A violation of any provision of this rule, as determined by the board, shall constitute "a departure from, or failure to conform to, minimal standards of care of similar practitioners under the same or similar circumstances, whether or not actual injury to a patient is established" as that clause is used in division (A)(11) of section 4759.07 of the Revised Code.

Last updated August 2, 2021 at 9:24 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4759.05
Amplifies: 4759.05
Five Year Review Date: 7/31/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 3/15/2003
Rule 4759-6-03 | Interpretation of standards.

The standards in this chapter are interpreted in a manner consistent with the "Revised 2017 Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists" adopted by the academy of nutrition and dietetics, which is available from the website of the state medical board at the following link:

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4759.05
Amplifies: 4759.05
Five Year Review Date: 11/30/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 7/6/2009, 4/1/2013