Food allergy educational needs of pediatric dietitians: A survey by the consortium of food allergy research

Marion E. Groetch, Lynn Christie, Perla Vargas, Stacie M. Jones, Scott H. Sicherer

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Objective: To determine pediatric dietitians' self-reported proficiency, educational needs, and preferences regarding food allergy (FA) management. Design and Setting: An Internet-based, anonymous survey was distributed to the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (PNPG) of the American Dietetic Association. Participants: Respondents (n = 311) were registered dietitians and members of the PNPG. Analysis: Results are presented using descriptive statistics. Chi-square tests were applied for subgroup analyses. Percentage responses were calculated per question based on the number of respondents answering the question. Results: On a 4-point scale of proficiency (" high," "moderate," "low," and "none" ), respondents primarily rated themselves "moderate" for educating families, creating diets, and evaluating safe food items, and "low" for creating diagnostic food challenges. Education was primarily self-taught (75%). Preferences for future resources included handbooks (77%) and Web-based instructional programs (53%). On a 4-point scale (" very" to "not at all" needed) among practices that included >10% patients with FA, ratings of "very" were defined as need resources to update FA knowledge (87%) and need for a FA "tool kit" (84%). Conclusions and Implications: Pediatric dietitians manage FA for a substantial patient base although their self-reported proficiency is overall only moderate. Dietitians would prefer and likely benefit from Internet-accessible management handbooks and patient handouts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-264
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Diagnostic food challenge
  • Elimination diet
  • Food allergy
  • Food intolerance
  • Immune response
  • Placebo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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