Methodology for developing competency standards for dietitians in Australia

Palermo, Claire, Conway, Jane, Beck, Eleanor J., Dart, Janeane, Capra, Sandra and Ash, Susan (2016) Methodology for developing competency standards for dietitians in Australia. Nursing and Health Sciences, 18 1: 130-137. doi:10.1111/nhs.12247

Author Palermo, Claire
Conway, Jane
Beck, Eleanor J.
Dart, Janeane
Capra, Sandra
Ash, Susan
Title Methodology for developing competency standards for dietitians in Australia
Journal name Nursing and Health Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-2018
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/nhs.12247
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 130
End page 137
Total pages 8
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract Competency standards document the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for competent performance. This study develops competency standards for dietitians in order to substantiate an approach to competency standard development. Focus groups explored the current and emerging purpose, role, and function of the profession, which were used to draft competency standards. Consensus was then sought using two rounds of a Delphi survey. Seven focus groups were conducted with 28 participants (15 employers/practitioners, 5 academics, 8 new graduates). Eighty-two of 110 invited experts participated in round one and 67 experts completed round two. Four major functions of dietitians were identified: being a professional, influencing the health of individuals, groups, communities, and populations through evidence-based nutrition practice, and working collaboratively in teams. Overall there was a high level of consensus on the standards: 93% achieved agreement by participants in round one and all revised standards achieved consensus on round 2. The methodology provides a framework for other professions wishing to embark on competency standard review or development.
Keyword Competence
Functional analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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