Collaboration with Dietitians

Working closely with dietitians has been key to ensure that the resources match dietitians’ actual needs. It allowed us to assess what dietitians already know about behaviour change techniques and how confident they feel applying this knowledge. It was also important for identifying areas where more knowledge and guidance is required, and for deciding on how these can be most appropriately delivered.

 
Our first engagement with twenty dietitians from across Europe was an interactive workshop that took place during EFAD’s annual conference on 12 October 2014 in Athens, Greece. The objective was to understand dietitians’ existing knowledge and use of behaviour change techniques in their practice, and to get their perspectives on what the resources should comprise and how they could ideally be delivered. 
 
The findings from the workshop, together with insights from the scientific literature and the Behaviour Change Techniques Taxonomy, formed the basis for a second phase of the research, which we extended across the EFAD network. This second phase consisted of an online survey, which was completed by 589 European dietitians (February-March 2015). The objectives were to, on a wider geographical scale, confirm the behaviour change techniques to include in the resources, and the nature of the resources.
 
In a next step, EFAD’s specialist dietitians, the European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN), on obesity were consulted for their expert input on the first concept of the resources, to ensure the practical suitability of the resources.
 
Finally, outlines and scripts for the demonstrational videos were developed in collaboration with dietitians from University Hospital Southampton, who are also the dietitians in the actual videos.