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dc.contributor.advisorHenry, Carolen_US
dc.creatorRiley, Leandyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-03T22:34:04Z
dc.date.available2013-01-03T22:34:04Z
dc.date.created2012-09en_US
dc.date.issued2012-10-07en_US
dc.date.submittedSeptember 2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/ETD-2012-09-684en_US
dc.description.abstractNutrition is a major lifestyle factor in health promotion, prevention and treatment of several population health issues. For this reason, dietitians are integral to primary health care. Several commentators have noted the need to explicitly define roles and responsibility of health care providers as one strategy to improve collaborative health care practice. The purpose of this study was to explore dietitians’ perceptions of their roles as members of primary health care (PHC) teams in Saskatchewan. Multiple techniques were used to recruit dietitians who were members of the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (SDA) and members of PHC team(s). These include advertisements in the SDA’s newsletter, solicitations from directors of PHC and snowballing. Fifteen dietitians, differing in geographical location, years of experience, level of expertise and types of PHC settings participated in in-depth interviews via telephone or face-to-face. Qualitative analysis of the interview revealed that the participants belonged to two types of teams: program teams as the name suggests, offered specialized programs to specific target populations and generalized teams sought to address the needs of the general community. All participants mentioned that they were core members of their team(s). However, a few of these participants also described themselves as peripheral members of program teams. The themes which emerged from the participants’ perception of their roles were labelled nutrition support and beyond support- describing the range of activities that the participants engaged in as members of their teams. The depth and breadth of the participants’ roles were related to their years of experience, level of expertise, location of practice –rural and urban, or type of teams. To effectively function as team members’, participants indicated that they need opportunities for networking and continuing education. Most participants shared the view that dietitians are valuable to PHC teams but they were underrepresented. Marketing the roles of dietitians was suggested as a means to enhance their roles on PHC teams by most participants. The study suggests that dietitians are responding to the complex health care environment by expanding their roles to meet the community’s needs. Hence, they play a key role in the new paradigm of health care.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.subjectprimary health care team, dietitian, interprofessional collaborationen_US
dc.titleDIETITIANS AS MEMBERS OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE TEAMS IN SASKATCHEWANen_US
thesis.degree.departmentPharmacy and Nutritionen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNutritionen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)en_US
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dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBerenbaum, Shawnaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDobson, Royen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWhiting, Susanen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberZello, Gordonen_US


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