International Journal of Celiac Disease
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International Journal of Celiac Disease. 2017, 5(2), 56-61
DOI: 10.12691/ijcd-5-2-1
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Celiac Disease and the Gluten-free Diet: Registered Dietitian Nutritionists’ Self-reported Knowledge Varies

Joan Geiger1, Yeong Rhee1, Sherri N. Stastny1, , Ardith Brunt1 and Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia2

1Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, United States of America

2Human Development and Family Science, North Dakota State University, Fargo, United States of America

Pub. Date: June 02, 2017

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Joan Geiger, Yeong Rhee, Sherri N. Stastny, Ardith Brunt and Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia. Celiac Disease and the Gluten-free Diet: Registered Dietitian Nutritionists’ Self-reported Knowledge Varies. International Journal of Celiac Disease. 2017; 5(2):56-61. doi: 10.12691/ijcd-5-2-1


Background: Adherence to the gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac disease (CD) and some patients report lack of expertise among registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). Objective: To measure RDN self-reported celiac disease (CD) knowledge and preferences for resources for self-education and patient education. Methods: A cross-sectional research design was used to recruit RDNs from participating state affiliates Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota in 2013. A 35 item internet-based survey was distributed via Survey Monkey and included Likert scale questions based on a previous RDN allergy survey. Demographic and gluten-free diet and CD multiple-choice questions were also included. Results: Four-hundred and five registered dietitians (RDNs) who volunteered from the seven participating affiliates responded to the survey. Chi-squares were used to determine frequencies and differences in responses per variable. Pearson correlation analyses were performed to determine the correlation of age, education level, years of practice, or number of CD patients seen per week and CD self-reported knowledge. RDNs reported either moderate or high levels of knowledge for all seven self-reported knowledge topics. Over 85% of RDNs selected correct answers for five CD knowledge questions. Professional and academic publications were the most commonly used resources by RDNs for self-education whereas handouts were the most commonly used resource by RDNs for patient education. Conclusion: RDNs may need more reinforcement on identification and treatment of nutritional deficiencies of CD management.

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