Evaluation of Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) (2009)

In 2005, Dietitians of Canada (DC), the national association of registered dietitians, launched an online decision-support service for dietetic practitioners called Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN). Two years later, DC undertook an evaluation project to find out how effective the PEN service is as a tool for incorporating new knowledge into dietetic practice, and what factors either enable or prevent dietitians from using PEN to change the way they practise.

The project involved a web-based evaluation questionnaire known as the PEN Evaluation Questionnaire, and interviews with key informants. The information was collected in two phases, between 2007 and 2008, to look for changes in use over time.

The results suggest that PEN is an effective tool for influencing dietetic practice, and there is a growing trend among dietitians surveyed towards basing their practice on it.

Some of the barriers to using PEN include problems with printing and, for a small number of respondents, the cost of subscribing to the service. Technological issues did not seem to pose a problem, nor did respondents cite lack of computer access at work as a barrier.

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Lynda Corby and Jayne Thirsk. Evaluation of Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) 2009. Web. 19 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/evaluation/evaluation.pdf>
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