Exploring stakeholder experiences of dietetic service and care delivery: A systematic qualitative review

Andrea Elliott, Simone Gibson

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Background: There is limited understanding of patients' and healthcare professionals' perceptions and experiences of receiving and delivering dietetic care, respectively. This systematic review of the literature used qualitative synthesis to explore the perceptions and experiences of multiple stakeholders involved in the delivery of nutrition care and dietetic service. Methods: MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Scopus, ISI Web of Science, PsycINFO and ProQuest were systematically searched. Study characteristics and perceptions of stakeholders regarding nutrition care services were extracted. Qualitative synthesis was employed and thematic analysis conducted. Results: Five themes were identified from 44 studies related to stakeholders' perceptions of dietetic services. Studies included quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods involving patients, families, dietitians and other healthcare professionals. The themes were (1) patients desiring a personalised approach to nutrition care; (2) accessing dietetic service; (3) perceived impact of nutrition care on the patient; (4) relationships between stakeholders; and (5) beliefs about nutrition expertise. Two themes were specific to patients; these were the desire for individualised care and the impact of nutrition care. Within each theme perceptions varied with patients' views often contrasting with those of dietetic service providers. Conclusions: Experiences of dietetic service do not always meet stakeholder expectations which impacts on patient engagement. Seeking stakeholder input is imperative to design dietetic services that engage patients in positive and supportive clinical partnerships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-310
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • clinical practice
  • dietary advice
  • qualitative
  • study design and analysis

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