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Respondents in the Canadian Dietetic Association survey of dietetic personnel in British Columbia : a preliminary report University of British Columbia. Health Manpower Research Unit


As a result of a changing economy and changing patterns of health care delivery in Canada, there have been many modifications in the roles of workers in the nutrition field, and many more are projected. Several manpower questions have been posed to the Canadian Dietetic Association by these changes. How many dietitians are working in Canada at the present time and where are they working? What changes are foreseen in health care delivery which will affect the roles of nutrition workers and ultimately the competencies required to fill those roles? How many people will be required to fill vacancies and future new openings? With these and other questions in mind, the Canadian Dietetic Association decided in 1977 to undertake a Canada-wide study of the need for nutrition personnel, which would have as its objectives the following: 1. The establishment of standards of nutritional service necessary to ensure an adequate nutritional level in the population. 2. The defining of roles for each level of nutritional worker in the health field and description of those competencies required to fulfill that role. 3. The establishment of an inventory (data base) of employers of nutritional workers and a basic data file on workers employed at these institutions and agencies. 4. The projection of trends in stock, based upon certain policy decisions. 5. The establishment of requirements for nutrition workers based upon trends in stock and possible policy decisions.

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