Nutrient Intake Report: a coordination of patient dietary assessment between physicians and registered dietitians

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

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*Diet Records; *Dietetics; Forms and Records Control; Humans; *Interprofessional Relations; Medical Records; Mental Recall; *Nutrition Assessment; *Physicians; Questionnaires


Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition


The Nutrient Intake Report (NIR) is based on a 7-day dietary recall questionnaire used previously in research for dietary assessment and adapted for clinical use. Used to provide information and counseling as part of total patient care, the NIR acts as a cornerstone for dietary education and interaction between physician, registered dietitian, and patient. The NIR is ordered by physicians or registered dietitians, scanned and assessed by a registered dietitian, and incorporated into the laboratory section of the medical record. It documents the patient's dietary intake in the context of his or her diagnosis and general health status. The NIR also opens a dialogue between physicians and registered dietitians. Incorporation of the NIR into the medical record makes the work of the registered dietitian available to other health practitioners, which is welcome in an era when licensing and reimbursement are contingent on systematic documentation of dietary assessment and its role in patient care.

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J Am Diet Assoc. 1998 Oct;98(10):1159-62. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of the American Dietetic Association

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