Student and supervisor productivity change during nutrition and dietetic practice placements: a cohort study

Ash, Susan, Martin, Elizabeth K., Rodger, Sylvia, Clark, Michele and Graves, Nick (2015) Student and supervisor productivity change during nutrition and dietetic practice placements: a cohort study. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72 2: 163-169. doi:10.1111/1747-0080.12093

Author Ash, Susan
Martin, Elizabeth K.
Rodger, Sylvia
Clark, Michele
Graves, Nick
Title Student and supervisor productivity change during nutrition and dietetic practice placements: a cohort study
Journal name Nutrition and Dietetics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-0080
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12093
Open Access Status
Volume 72
Issue 2
Start page 163
End page 169
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract

This study aimed to demonstrate how supervisors and students use their time during the three domains of nutrition and dietetic clinical placement and to what extent patient-care and non-patient activities change during placement compared with pre- and post-placement.


A cohort survey design was used with students from two Queensland universities, and their supervisors in 2010. Participants recorded their time use in either a paper-based or an electronic survey. Supervisors' and students' time use was calculated as independent daily means according to time-use categories reported over the length of the placement. Mean daily number of occasions of service, length of occasions of service, project activities and other time use in minutes was reported as productivity output indicators and the data imputed. A linear mixed modelling approach was used to describe the relationship between the stage of placement and time use in minutes.


Combined students' (n = 21) and supervisors' (n = 29) time use as occasions of service or length of occasions of service in patient-care activities were significantly different pre, during and post placement. On project-based placements in food-service management and community public health nutrition, supervisors' project activity time significantly decreased during placements with students undertaking more time in project activities.


This study showed students do not reduce occasions of service in patient care, and they enhance project activities in food service and community public health nutrition while on placement. A larger study is required to confirm these results.
Keyword Clinical education
Professional education
Student placement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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