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FNCE 2018

351. Best Available Evidence: A New Clinical Decision Tool to Guide Critical Thinking

Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence (PBE) are often viewed as mutually exclusive, when it may be beneficial to view these as complementary components of each other. Characterizing, assessing, and communicating scientific uncertainty is essential to critical thinking, decision making, and safety in clinical care. In the absence of evidence-based nutrition care guidelines and systematic reviews, food and nutrition practitioners must critically analyze the best available evidence, make conclusions on the strength of the evidence and decide whether to proceed with an intervention or consider alternatives. New research demonstrates RDNs have the critical thinking skills and tools to collect and analyze PBE and inform practice. We will present and demonstrate the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine’s (DIFM’s) Best Available Evidence Decision Tool, developed by a workgroup of DIFM members and the Academy’s Research, International, and Scientific Affairs team, to improve nutrition care in cases of scientific uncertainty.

Planned with the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1070 - Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
  • 5410 - Client protocols, clinical guidelines (nutritional care)
  • 5420 - Complimentary care, alternative therapies (nutritional care)

Emily Goodman, MS, RDN

Emily’s earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University in 2012. While engaging in rare-disease research at Emory, Emily was astonished by the complete absence of nutrition as an element in the course of disease treatment, inspiring her to pursue a career in dietetics. In 2016, Emily graduated with honors from the Master’s degree Coordinated Program at Georgia State University. At Georgia State, she held a research assistantship, working with the Atlanta Falcons NFL team and Georgia State University athletes. She developed a keen interest in functional foods and nutrients and their ability to improve performance and well-being. After becoming an RD, Emily continued her passion for dietetics research and was selected for a one year fellowship with DIFM and DPBRN which she completed in 2017. She was an invited speaker at the Austin Registered Dietitians Alliance Annual Symposium in February 2018. Emily currently works as a Clinical Dietitian at St. David’s Neuroscience and Spine Institute at St David’s Medical Center in Austin, TX.

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Stephanie Harris, PhD, RDN

Stephanie Harris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. She is also the Faculty Co-Lead of the JJM Mandel Wellness and Preventive Care Pathway in the School of Medicine. Stephanie teaches classes for undergraduate and graduate level nutrition majors and medical students. As Co-Lead of he Wellness and Preventive Care Pathway, she is involved with development and implementation of wellness, lifestyle medicine and culinary medicine curriculum, as well as interprofessional education initiatives. Stephanie obtained her PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry & Human Metabolism and her MS in Nutrition from CWRU. She completed her dietetic internship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and received her BS in Nutrition, Food and Agriculture from Cornell University. Stephanie has served on the Executive Committee of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) DPG since 2013.

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Emily Goodman, MS, RDN

Emily’s earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University in 2012. While engaging in rare-disease research at Emory, Emily was astonished by the complete absence of nutrition as an element in the course of disease treatment, inspiring her to pursue a career in dietetics. In 2016, Emily graduated with honors from the Master’s degree Coordinated Program at Georgia State University. At Georgia State, she held a research assistantship, working with the Atlanta Falcons NFL team and Georgia State University athletes. She developed a keen interest in functional foods and nutrients and their ability to improve performance and well-being. After becoming an RD, Emily continued her passion for dietetics research and was selected for a one year fellowship with DIFM and DPBRN which she completed in 2017. She was an invited speaker at the Austin Registered Dietitians Alliance Annual Symposium in February 2018. Emily currently works as a Clinical Dietitian at St. David’s Neuroscience and Spine Institute at St David’s Medical Center in Austin, TX.

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Mary Beth Augustine, RDN, FAND

Mary Beth is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and currently serves as the DIFM DPG Delegate. Mary Beth is a Clinical Dietitian at Vibrant America Clinical Lab, and her past work experience includes Senior Integrative Nutritionist and Director of the Integrative Nutrition Internship at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center for Health & Healing, Director of the Masters Degree Program in Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University, Clinical Dietitian and Integrative Medicine Nutritionist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and cardiovascular risk reduction research at the American Health Foundation. Mary Beth’s speaking highlights include the United Nations Committee on Aging, American Institute for Cancer Research Cancer Survivor Conference, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), and the Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, West Virginia and Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meetings. Mary Beth has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox 5 News, Today in New York, CNN Market Watch, Discovery Health TV, and National Public Radio.

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