EFAD Statement on the Review Article – Research and Dietetic Response to COVID-19 in Europe: What Has Been Done and What Could Be Improved?
In December 2019, the World Health Organization was alerted to a group of patients with pneumonia in Wuhan, and a month later the Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new coronavirus, SARS-COVID-19.
The research response has been massive and unprecedented.
Despite the large efforts made by all European dietitians and the rapid response by EFAD and European Dietitian Associations, there remains a need for improvement. According to preliminary analysis by the EFAD Research and Evidence-based Practice Committee into the quality of resources made available to dietitians, the vast majority (83%) of documents generated and shared had content intended to be «ready for use in practice» yet 98% were developed without following a systematic and transparent approach.
The European Dietetic Action Plan 2015-2020 (EuDAP) is a commitment by European dietitians to take actions that will achieve better nutrition and sustainable health, through pro-active engagement with Health 2020 and the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan (FNAP) (2015-2020).
EFAD collaborates in several research projects:
PRIMORE – European PRImary care Multi-prOfessional Researcher network (PRIMORE)
Leading organization: Centre for Care Research in close collaboration with EFPC and the NORCE Norwegian Research Centre.
- Exchange of research in Europe between the different professional groups and levels of care active in primary care
- Development of interprofessional research on the organization of primary care with a focus on young researchers from CEE countries
- Increase of interest and respect for each other’s profession among primary care professionals
- A growing evidence base for Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC)
Joint Programming Initiative – Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life
The JPI HDHL provides a roadmap for harmonised and structured research efforts in the area of food, nutrition, health and physical activity and offers defined priorities to reach the goals as identified in the Vision Document
Partners include Ministries from 21 Members States
Lead partner: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
EFAD is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SHAB).
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Improvement of Education and Competences in Dietetics
The project involves four European countries and five Universities of Applied Sciences, with the project goal to unify the Dietetic Care Process and create a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for dietetic students and professionals, focusing on case studies and innovative learning material and tools.
More information about the project, the project partners and other members of the Sustainability and Impact Board can be found here
EFAD is a member of the Sustainability and Impact Board
The scientific and technological mission of PROMISS is to conduct ground breaking research to contribute to the prevention of malnutrition in community-dwelling older adults and to support active and healthy ageing. PROMISS’ main goal is the PRevention Of Malnutrition In Senior Subjects in the EU. It integrates all relevant scientific disciplines to ensure excellent cross-disciplinary expertise and exchange of knowledge.
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A European study aiming to promote healthy lifestyle and prevent type 2 diabetes in families from vulnerable population groups.
Lead Partner: Harokopio University, Greece
EFAD is a member of the International Advisory Board.
“TAD Healthy – a-tip a day” project
In 2017, the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) together with, the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), and the International Sports and Culture Association (ISCA) committed at the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health to jointly participate at the “TAD Healthy – a-tip a day” project. For this project, EUFIC has become a lead partner.
The joint “TAD Healthy – a-tip a day” project addresses healthy nutrition, physical activity and the fight against obesity through engagement with an online community with evidence-based tips that should be prepared by all the project partners. Currently, this is done only on the social media platform – “Instagram”. The accessible, appealing and actionable tips are aimed at increasing nutrition and health-related knowledge among the general public and at encouraging people to take small steps towards healthier diet and lifestyle choices.
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