Registered dietitians, or nutritionists, assess and provide for the nutritional needs of the patient with a disability. They assist the doctor and provide a treatment plan which may include the following:
Ideal body weight, caloric, and dietary needs
Foods that help facilitate swallowing
Dietary modifications that need to be made as a result of the disability
Tube feeding formulas and schedules for patients who are unable to swallow
Patient and family education on nutrition topics related to diseases (for example, diabetes)
Registered dietitians may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:
Registered dietitians hold an undergraduate degree, have completed an approved internship program, and have passed a national exam to be credentialed as Registered Dietitians. Many have also earned a master's degree in dietetics or nutrition science.