Nutrition Care Process

The Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology (IDNT) are recommended by the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations for international adoption as a framework for dietetic practice.

The NCP uses a client-centred framework to clarify the role of registered dietitians, nutrition practice elements and skills, and the environments in which registered dietitians practice.  It incorporates an evaluation framework, including identification of specific goals and monitoring of clinical and behavioural outcomes, to improve the quality and effectiveness of nutrition care.  

In 2015, the NCP Model was updated - read more in NCP 101  on the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. DC members can view and download the NCP Model graphic here.

IDNT provides a standard set of core nutrition care terms and definitions for the four steps of the nutrition care process: assessment, nutrition diagnosis, interventions and monitoring/ evaluation.  Use of IDNT promotes uniform documentation of nutrition care provided, enables differentiation of the type and amount of nutrition care provided and provides a basis for linking nutrition care activities with actual or predicted outcomes.