A registered dietitian (RD) and a dietetic technician, registered (DTR) are assigned to all inpatient nursing units at UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus and Mission Bay. UCSF dietitians provide nutrition care according to nationally recognized standards. Our staff includes dietitians who specialize in pediatric and adult nutrition care for the patient populations served by UCSF Medical Center. The registered dietitian provides individualized nutrition care for patients at risk for nutrition problems and those who require specialized diets, tube feedings or parenteral nutrition. The nutrition interventions and goals are integrated with the overall goals for care.
Dietitians identify patients at risk for nutrition problems through a screening process. Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants may order a consult for nutrition assessment, enteral or parenteral feeding recommendations and for patient education.
Services provided by the registered dietitian include:
· Nutrition assessment and development of a plan for nutrition therapy
· Nutrition reassessment and monitoring
· Recommendations and monitoring of enteral and parenteral nutrition
· Assessment of nutrient and energy intake (“calorie counts”)
· Patient and family education
· Participation in multidisciplinary rounds and conferences
· Education of UCSF Medical Center staff, students, house staff and UCSF dietetic interns
DTRs collect information from patients, assist patients with menu selections, calculate calorie counts, plan complex modified diets, assist the dietitian in monitoring patient food intake and provide patient education.
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who have met specific requirements established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). RDs have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in dietetics, nutrition, or nutrition sciences, including coursework in food science, clinical dietetics, community nutrition, life-cycle nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, education methodology, biochemistry, microbiology, social sciences, human anatomy and physiology, and other culinary- and nutrition-related classes.
RDs also must complete a dietetic internship or supervised practice program for hands-on, in-the-field experience; pass the registration exam; and obtain continuing education credits in order to complete the recertification process. This process ensures that RDs stay abreast of the latest research and practice information to best serve the public.
Dietitians at the UCSF Nutrition Counseling Clinic are RDs who provide nutrition assessment, nutrition diagnoses, and individualized nutrition interventions intended to change a nutrition-related behavior or aspect of nutritional health.
Our dietitians provide nutrition assessment and counseling based on patients’ individual needs. This includes evaluation of current intake and advice for improving the nutrient content of an individual’s diet, as well as medical nutrition therapy. Medical nutrition therapy involves assessment of the nutritional status of patients with a condition, illness, or injury that puts them at nutrition risk. This includes review and analysis of medical and diet history, laboratory values, and anthropometric measurements. Based on the assessment, a nutrition care plan is developed to manage the condition or treat the illness or injury. The plan generally includes the following: (1) diet modification and counseling leading to the development of a personal diet plan to achieve nutritional goals and desired health outcomes; and (2) specialized nutrition therapy including recommendations for supplementation with medical foods or nutrient supplements for those unable to obtain adequate nutrients through food intake only.
Download the following PDFs for detailed nutrition information on specific diets:
UCSF dietitians have created a series of health-related guidelines on diabetes, healthy weight, exercise, nutrition for kids, high blood pressure and heart health. Look for these and many other patient education materials at www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions.