Going Beyond Glycosylated Hemoglobin: How Dietitians Impact Outpatient Diabetes Care and Outcomes


Although glycosylated hemoglobin (A1c) is used as the gold standard to assess diabetes status, it may not capture outcomes that are meaningful to patients. Registered dietitian nutritionists are uniquely positioned to impact diabetes care by focusing on patient-driven care and health outcomes. While RDNs are using medical nutrition therapy to improve health and quality of life, finding ways to objectively and systematically measure impact of MNT is challenging. This session covers emerging outcomes research and best practices which demonstrate the efficacy of outpatient diabetes nutrition care as delivered by RDNs. An interactive case-based illustration will drive home the application of the concepts presented.

Planned with the Diabetes Dietetic Practice Group

Learning Objectives

Describe research demonstrating the efficacy of diabetes MNT outcomes beyond A1c

Discuss open questions and challenges in linking delivered MNT to outcomes

Apply practical tools for best practices in systematically capturing nutrition care related diabetes health outcomes

Performance Indicators

6.2 Collects and interprets research data to advance knowledge and practice, and to enhance effectiveness of services

3.2 Advocates for and participates in activities that support advancement of the profession

7.4 Participates in and leads quality control and improvement activities to improve delivery of services


Casey Colin

Assistant Professor and Director, Nutrition Undergraduate Programs

University of North Florida

Patricia Davidson


West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Lindsay Woodcock

ANDHII Research Project Manager

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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