PEN eNews 1(6) April 2012
eNews is a monthly e-newsletter shared with the global PEN Community and created to help dietitians position themselves as leaders in evidence-based nutrition practice. In addition, users of the PEN System will find articles on the new evidence, resources and features available and how to maximize one's use of PEN.
Dear PEN Subscribers,
We are thrilled to have connected with so many of you through our Facebook and Twitter accounts! Now, in addition to connecting with us via email, and Contact Us on the PEN site, you can join our Facebook group, follow us on Twitter @pennutrition and soon we will have a LinkedIn group! Read this version of PEN eNews to find out about resources that can help support you as you take the leap into social media.
You will notice that this is our first issue in our new electronic template, created based on your feedback from the past year. In this issue, we have articles to enhance your skills in evidence-based practice and our regular articles to show you how to optimize your time spent in PEN, and help you get to know the PEN Team.
PEN is your Global Resource for Nutrition Practice. We value your feedback. What topics should PEN eNews cover? What is useful? What isn’t? Send your feedback and ideas to JayneThirsk, PEN Director; or Kristyn Hall, PEN eNews Editor, at eNews@pennutrition.com
Welcome to PEN eNews
We’re drowning in emails, we’re over-whelmed with the +++ different social networking sites available, and we are doing more work with less time. There is prolific nutrition information available for consumption along with a feeling of urgency to read this report, scan this journal, evaluate this program and demonstrate our value. We do all this while figuring out – what is for dinner, who is taking the kids to soccer, who is taking mom to her doctor’s appointment, who can pick up more milk and fresh produce. And yes, we need to figure out when we are going to fit in our next training run or Pilates class, be ready for our next book club, and remember to take care of ourselves!! Do things ever slow down?
In the craziness of my life, I was feeling discouraged that I wasn’t doing enough. A colleague challenged my perspective - she invited me to shift my focus to all that I had done, and focus on the positive. Let me repeat – shift my focus.
Challenge: Food and nutrition, and the evidence-base that underpins all that we do, is ever expanding, and dietitians are challenged to stay abreast of these new developments. How can we shift our focus on this potentially over-whelming situation?
- Isn’t it fantastic that there is vast interest in food and nutrition that spans various sectors and that we are part of such a dynamic field?
- Isn’t it great that our training creates evidence-based and highly skilled health professionals with the critical thinking skills to know what health trends to pay attention to?
- Aren’t we lucky to have a network of dietitians with whom we can connect, not only nationally, but also internationally?
In this ever-changing world of food and nutrition science, if we don’t have the answer, with this amazing network, someone will help us find it!
In PEN eNews 1(6), our final issue of volume one, we highlight articles related to shifting perspectives. Taking a Balanced Look at Systematic Reviews – Part I: Diamonds in the Forest is the first in a 2-part series on systematic literature reviews. Perhaps you are giving a presentation inviting new perspectives based on current evidence? You’ll want to read Lisa Koo’s article How do I…reference PEN? Do you talk to people about nutrition? You’ll want to read Applying Health Literacy to your Practice Part II. This and so much more in eNews 1(6).
Kristyn Hall MSc, RD
Editor, PEN eNews
What's New in PEN
Wondering what is new in PEN? Here is a list of our updated content in PEN, including updated knowledge pathways, new practice questions, updated practice questions, new professional tools, updated professional tools, and new handouts available.
New Knowledge Pathways
Updated Knowledge Pathways
New Practice Questions
Updated Practice Questions
New Professional Tools
Updated Professional Tools
New Handouts Available Professionals
Other Professional Tools and Resources Update on Current Issues: The Inside Story
- Growth Monitoring of Infants and Children Using the 2006 World Health Organization [WHO] Child Growth Standards and 2007 WHO Growth References. This updated PEN Current Issues backgrounder provides dietitians with bottom line answers to questions that may arise on using the WHO Growth Charts. English French
Written by Lisa Koo, RD PEN Quality Assistant
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"PEN has simplified my life in so many ways. Now, I can really focus on my areas of practice – and “outsource” my staying abreast of various topics to PEN."
Spotlight on Kristyn Hall
Kristyn Hall, MSc, RD
Evidence Analyst Contractor
My role with PEN: I wear a few hats…
I have been involved with PEN since 2003 when it was first envisioned as a Professional Support Tool. At that time, I participated in the PEN Advisory Committee. In 2007, I did an evidence-based review for the [then-called] Calgary Health Region looking at best practices for pediatric obesity treatment. This formed the basis of work that I continued with PEN as a Evidence Analyst contractor. I have written content for the following PEN pathways:
• pediatric obesity treatment,
• safety of soy consumption throughout the lifecycle,
• infant lactose intolerance,
• infant colic, and
• toddler and preschooler nutrition.
In the past year, I expanded my contract work in the PEN team to PEN communications, including being the Editor of PEN eNews, and the social media lead for the PEN team.
A day in my life with PEN:
PEN is a living and breathing support for dietetic practice 24/7 - as a result, I am too!! As a contract evidence analyst, I:
- subscribe to electronic tables of contents, which alert me to new literature available.
- am a part of various list-serves and electronic newsletters which help me stay abreast of practice issues relevant to dietitians, and what is in the news.
Depending on what phase of the PEN Pathway development I am in (see article Birth of a PEN Pathway, page 4, http://www.pennutrition.com/pdf/NewsletterFeb2012.pdf
), I could be doing any of the following:
- devising a search strategy,
- acquiring new evidence,
- critically appraising an article,
- writing an evidence-summary of an article,
- doing an evidence-analysis of the literature reviewed,
- completing the various parts of the PEN knowledge pathway template – practice question, backgrounder, practice guidance summary
As the Editor for PEN eNews, I work with the PEN team to plan and write articles about evidence-based dietetic practice, knowledge transfer, continuing education and optimizing time spent in PEN. In my role as the social media lead, I plan and monitor our social media accounts on Facebook,Twitter and LinkedIn (new).
These are a “few of my favourite things” about PEN:
- PEN facilitates opportunities for transition to new and evolving roles in dietetics. The dietetics world is my oyster!
- PEN is dynamic and is set up to be responsive to new evidence.
- PEN has simplified my life in so many ways. Now, I can really focus on my areas of practice – and “outsource” my staying abreast of various topics to PEN. Then, when a friend asks me “are you a dietitian? I have a question about….”, I can go to PEN for my answer. Phew!
Biggest learning from evidence-based practice; from taking a PEN approach? “The difference between background and foreground questions”
Background questions form the foundation of nutrition and dietetics and are less likely to require constant updating. Foreground questions highlight the complex questions that dietitians are faced with every day. This difference helps me organize the new information I consume, as well as structure the questions I ask.
PEN in Action: Microwaves and Shifting Perspectives in Dietetic Practice
Interview conducted by Kristyn Hall MSc, RD PEN
Evidence Analyst Contractor
am 54 years old. I have spent most of my time as a professional working with the diet manual. Diet manuals are static until the next Diet Manual comes out. If the information is out-of date, you know you will have to search for new sources of information yourself. I was in the habit of reviewing the literature, usually Medline, to supplement the Diet Manual. Recently I started using PEN which enables me to access timely information efficiently.” Judith Proulx, Registered Dietitian, Algoma District Cancer Program, Ontario. What influenced Judith to start using PEN?
In 2009, Judith began working in an outpatient oncology program in Ontario, Canada. As she began counseling women with breast cancer, the question came up – after a breast cancer diagnosis, is it safe to include foods containing soy in my diet?
The consumption of soy foods in the diets of women being treated for breast cancer is controversial. The practice up until late 2009 was to automatically state – NO soy if you have had estrogen receptor breast cancer. This recommendation was based on results from animal and in vitro research. In late 2009 several Asian studies where published whose findings suggested that Asian women who consumed soy foods had lower incidence and lower recurrence of breast cancer. This created doubt about the wisdom of advising against soy food consumption amongst the health professionals at the Cancer Program. Judith wondered – what do other dietitians in this area recommend? What resources are they using to formulate their messages? To find out, she worked with interns in the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP) to conduct a survey of dietitians working in this area.
Questions were expert reviewed and pretested. The 13-item survey went out to 155 members of the Dietitians of Canada Oncology Network in April 2011, of which 25% of members responded.
- They found that 31% of dietitians did not make soy food recommendations to female breast cancer patients.
- 53% felt the perceived adequacy of information available on which to base recommendations were unclear or somewhat unclear. Over half felt uncomfortable giving recommendations. Many felt they didn’t know what to say.
- Some dietitians change the amount of soy foods they recommend based on the estrogen receptor status of the patient, providing cautious advice to ER positive breast cancer patients. There was variation in recommendations 0-3 servings of soy per day. Just like the literature, dietitians surveyed had wide interpretation of soy research.
- There was variation in the sources from which dietitians consulted to obtain the answers to their questions, including PEN, independent literature reviews, American Institute of Cancer Research and from learned colleagues and researchers who study soy. PEN was identified as a key resource used to determine advice.
“PEN is a living thing that you can use to help you form your critical decision making.”
Coincidentally, two weeks before survey went out, PEN updated a client handout called Eating Guidelines for After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis, indicating that consumption of two servings of soy foods is safe after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Judith’s research study highlights the change in dietetic practice of how we know what we know. Previous recommendations were based on animal and cell research studies; published human research provided the foundation from which practice guidance could be developed in this area. “There are different levels of evidence – cell studies, in vitro, in vivo, animal studies – this distinction is important for oncology dietitians to know. We cannot just extrapolate the results from preclinical studies to humans.”
The good and bad news about nutrition and dietetics is this: “What you read last week – it might have changed. When you are busy, it is difficult to change practice, or even think about changing practice. But this is the nature of our work. Now, instead of going madly to Medline hoping to find something, I go to PEN for answers to my nutrition questions”.
What 3 things facilitated Judith’s shift in perspective from a diet manual to a PEN knowledge transfer approach?
- Needing to save time: “There is a huge time commitment for literature reviewing. Now I can spend my time elsewhere.“
- Having access to the PEN database: "The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) had a site license and as a dietetic intern preceptor for the NOSM affiliated NODIP there was access to a knowledge transfer database." Now, access was at Judith’s finger-tips.
- Diving into PEN. “I looked up a few things – and thought WOW, people have done all that work for me; I don’t have to do my own Medline research anymore! It is succinct and easy to understand. I can look at the references myself if I want, AND I can access all the resources if I want them.”
Judith describes her transition from a diet manual approach to a PEN approach using the metaphor of learning to use a microwave. Growing up, she remembers her mom as a very basic cook who only had a few staples that she felt confident preparing. But when the microwave came out, her dad bought her mom a microwave; her mom took lessons and became a fabulous cook. Her mom was still able to put a plate of food on the table – her family was still getting their dinner – but how her mom got there was different, and the results was an improved final product. It is important to note that just having the microwave did not change the quality of the family meals. It was necessary to learn how to use the microwave and to use it on a regular basis. This is the same process that Judith needed to take with respect to using PEN.
“PEN has grown in breadth and depth and is rich in what it can offer. If you haven’t subscribed to PEN recently, you need to come back and give it another try.” Says Judith. “PEN is a living thing that you can use to help you form your critical decision making.”
Shaping Our Future
"When I first started my practicum I was unsure of where to find reliable nutrition information and practice guidelines. Using PEN has increased my confidence when counselling a patient or when searching for nutrition information. I am now able to easily access a variety of topics and practice guidelines and enhance my knowledge in different areas of nutrition." Laura Belisto, Master of Applied Human Nutrition Student.
How has PEN influenced your nutrition and dietetic training? Contact us at eNews@pennutrition.com
Written by Kerri Staden BSc, RD and Jane Bellman MEd, RD
PEN Resource Managers
Dietitians of Canada
What Every Dietitian Needs to Know Recap of Part I
This article contains material adapted from the workshop Applying Health Literacy to your Practice presented at the Dietitians of Canada (DC) Annual Conference June 2011.
Did you know?
- Most adults have difficulties with health literacy? 60% of adults and 80% of seniors are below minimum skill levels.
- Health literacy rates vary by province and sub-populations.
- Groups at most risk are seniors, immigrants and the unemployed.
- Is defined as "the ability to access, understand, evaluate and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of settings across the life-course1”.
- Is a broader concept than literacy requiring more complex skills
- Includes the individual, health professionals and their interactions in health systems.
The biggest strides are made in overcoming health literacy barriers when health professionals are adequately educated on health literacy and when organizations incorporate broad system clear language strategies.
1Rootman, I. & Gordon-El-Bihbety, D. (2008). A vision for a health literate Canada: Report on the Expert Panel on Health Literacy. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Public Health Association. www.cpha.ca/en/portals/h-l/panel.aspx
Written by Kerri Staden BSc, RD and Jane Bellman MEd, RD
PEN Resource Managers
Dietitians of Canada
Health Literacy to Your Practice
ow can individual health professionals help people become health literate? By presenting information in ways that can be understood and allow people to act on the information. When people are more health literate, they can:
How can dietitians improve their health literacy practice? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit3 provides the following suggestions:
- make informed choices
- reduce their health risks
- better navigate the health system; and
- improve their overall wellness and quality of life2.
- Be aware of spoken communication
- Use plain, non-medical language and common words when speaking to clients
- Slow down: Speak clearly and at a moderate pace; focus on what clients should do, when they do it and why it is of benefit to them.
- Teach-back to clients: Confirm clients understand what they need to know and do by asking them to teach back directions. For example you can ask your client, “It is really important to share your eating plan with your family. How will you explain to your family what you need to do to control your diabetes?
- It is noted that dietetic culture is holistic and focuses on patient empowerment . The style of teach-back to client needs to be integrated into this culture.
- Improve written communication. Use/develop easy to read, clearly designed materials
- Assist clients in self-management
- Provide supportive systems such as print material to support verbal instruction or referrals to other health professionals.
Improving health literacy in the health system - 5 dietitian practice points:
- Use a universal precautions approach where plain language and clear communications are used with ALL clients.
- Promote health literacy in your workplace. Ensure clear messaging for staff and clients in media work, signage in clinics and on health related forms.
- Collaborate at all levels and with many different sectors to decrease health literacy barriers:
Advocate for health literacy education in professional education programs:
- local, regional and national governments and different ethno-cultural communities
- practitioners and policy-makers
- literacy and health professionals
- researchers and practitioners
- health care institutions and clients.
Communicate clearly in all health information:
- Align community services and resources with health literacy information
- Work with media to increase awareness of health literacy
- Use the teach-back approach/check for understanding.
- Includes limiting the number of messages; testing with target audiences; being culturally sensitive; and providing message in diverse formats, i.e. print, video, etc.
Communicating at the level of understanding of their clients is critical to achieving behaviour change in individuals and populations. Dietitians have a central role in changing themselves, the communities and organizations that they work with.
To learn more about clear language, see Health Literacy resources listed below.
Health Literacy Resources- To learn more about clear language, the following sites provide free on-line training opportunities for health professionals:
Guidebooks/Toolkits for Health Literacy:
Stay tuned for a Health Literacy Knowledge Pathway on PEN in the near future!
Have a question about this article? Contact us at: eNews@pennutrition.com
2Berkman ND, Sheridan SL, Donahue KE, Halpern DJ, Viera A, Crotty K, et al. Health literacy interventions and outcomes: An updated systematic review. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 199. AHRQ Publication Number 11- E006. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2011 March [cited 2011 Nov 14] Available at: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2011 March [cited 2011 Nov 14]. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK82434/
3DeWalt DA, Callahan LF, Hawk VH, Broucksou KA, Hink A, Rudd R, Brach C. Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. (Prepared by North Carolina Network Consor¬tium, The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, under Contract No. HHSA290200710014.) AHRQ Publication No. 10-0046-EF) Rockville, MD. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. April 2010.
*Clients - can include the consumer, patient, public and also other health care professionals and colleagues
Written by Heather Petrie, MSc, RD
Evidence Analyst Contractor
Balanced Look at
Part I: Diamonds in the Forest
Doing a literature review on a topic? How can you ensure all relevant literature is identified to help minimize the bias that can occur when review authors preferentially select those studies that support their views, opinions or commercial interests? One way is to use or search for a systematic review. In a systematic review, primary studies are synthesized, critically assessed and evaluated to address a clearly formulated question via rigorous, systematic, explicit, transparent and reproducible methods.
Did you know that a systematic review is a study on its own and its subjects are the individual primary studies?
There is no shortage of primary research studies and review articles. All vary in quality, which can lead to conflicting results and conclusions. High quality systematic reviews can be helpful to the busy practitioner or policy-maker in implementing evidence-based practice. The benefits and limitations of systematic reviews will be discussed in this two-part article series.
- If the data from the individual studies can be pooled statistically then a meta-analysis can be performed. This is a quantitative systematic review.
- If the data cannot be pooled, which may occur if there are too few studies or they are too different, the collected articles are at least summarized (ideally in tables). This is a qualitative systematic review.
- Cochrane reviews are gold standard examples of systematic reviews and they can be searched for in the Cochrane library: http://www.thecochranelibrary.com
Diamonds in the Forest – What are the advantages of systematic reviews?Systematic reviews offer a number of advantages over individual primary studies and narrative reviews. If properly designed and executed, systematic reviews, in particular meta-analyses:
However, it is important to remember that, like any type of study, systematic reviews can also have limitations.
- discern whether results from individual studies are consistent and applicable across populations and settings.
- have a low risk of bias that translates into more validity and reliability because:
- the research question and the strategy for searching, selecting, appraising, analyzing, and summarizing the studies is clearly described, decided upon before the search is initiated and is rigorous and sound.
- usually two reviewers evaluate studies for inclusion and quality with disagreement decided upon by a third reviewer.
- provide greater power (via larger sample size) and precision (of effect size) than individual studies.
- are usually quicker to produce than original large research studies and can be updated.
- have transparent and explicit methods allowing them to be replicated.
- help clarify and identify reasons for mixed results found in an overall body of literature.
- keep professionals up-to-date.
- inform nutrient recommendations, food and dietary guidelines, practice guidelines and policy and legislative decisions.
- inform research funding decisions and research agendas, help identify research gaps and help investigators better design future research studies.
To be continued in PEN eNews 2(1): Part II Flaws in the Diamonds?
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Knowledge Transfer Events and Resources
Evidence-based decision-making course for dietitians now accepting registrations!
Dietitians from around the world continue to send us feedback about how useful the Evidence-based Decision Making course was for their practice and so we are pleased to be able to offer the introductory, intermediate or full course options again this year. The evidence-based approach can be applied to health policymaking, public health, systems-level decisions as well as those involving individual client care. Experiential learning is emphasized with many nutrition-specific cases and appraisal exercises featured throughout this self-directed online course. The course will run from May 14, 2012 to December 14th, 2012. Deadline to register: Friday, April 27, 2012
- Do you want to improve your Health Evidence Literacy?
- Have you identified 2012 as the year you want to enhance your skills in finding, critically appraising and using evidence appearing in the health sciences literature?
For more information, prices and to register, go to: http://www.dietitians.ca/ebt
For UK readers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
This PEN Current Issues article is the first of a two-part series for dietitians and describes what social media is, what it can do, why people are using it, who is using it and why it matters to dietitians. Available at: Social Media 101 Part I
Social Media 101: Part I:
Social Media 101: Part II: This PEN Current Issues article is the second of a two-part series for dietitians and describes the different forms of social media, its potential uses and potential issues and cautions for dietitians to be aware of. Available at: Social Media 101 Part II
Health Literacy - To learn more about clear language, the following sites provide free on-line training opportunities for health professionals:
Guidebooks/Toolkits for Health Literacy:
International Congress of Dietetics: Attend the 16th International Congress of Dietetics in Sydney Australia from September 5 – 8, 2012. The Congress theme is LEAP: Leadership, Evidence and Advancing Practice. Sessions will consist of lectures by high profile international speakers, interactive workshops, seminars and a wide range of submitted papers. http://www.icd2012.com
Interventions for preventing obesity in children: Cochrane webcast summarizing the updating systematic review on interventions for preventing obesity in children. Available at: Cochrane Webcast
PEN does not have editorial or other control over the contents of the referenced Web sites. We are not responsible for the opinions expressed by the author(s) of the knowledge transfer events and do not endorse any product or service.
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Announcements from PEN
Include PEN in your regulatory body continuing education plans this year!
For many Canadian Dietitians, this is the time of year when they report their ongoing professional learning plans or competency attestation reports to their provincial colleges. For DAA members, this is the time for membership renewal and maintaining Continuing Professional Development logs. Remember, writing or reviewing PEN content is an accepted learning activity! Reviewing a PEN knowledge pathway for personal learning is also accepted as equivalent to reading a journal article by many. PEN is also pleased to be recognized as a content reference for the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam. Put PEN in your plan!
UK dietitians, are you ready for the HPC audit?
Every two years, a proportion of UK dietitians will be audited by the Health Professionals Council. If you are selected, you will be contacted in April and your continuing professional development (CPD) portfolio will need to be submitted by June. Did you know that dietitians can add PEN to their CPD portfolio? If you have reviewed pathways, written PEN factsheets or developed your own factsheets for use in the clinical setting, which have been informed by PEN content; these can all be used as proof of CPD for your portfolio. Another way of using PEN in your CPD portfolio is to write reflections (an essential skill for UK dietitians in proving their CPD). How has your practise changed since being informed by the information on PEN. Add PEN in your plan.
Dietitians specializing in gastrointestinal diseases wanted!
Do you practice in the area of gastrointestinal disease? Do you want to try your hand at writing for PEN? There are a couple of pathways in PEN that require modest updating and this would provide a great introduction to the evidence-based approach that PEN takes. Topics include:
- Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Gastresophageal Reflux
- Gall Bladder
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (this pathway is quite large and might be best addressed by 2 people; possibly one focusing on questions related to adults and one on paediatric populations)
All volunteers would receive mentoring from a PEN team member and a modest honorarium to acknowledge your time and effort. Contact us at http://www.pennutrition.com/BecomeAuthor.aspx if you are interested.
We invite you to like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter @pennutrition and join our LinkedIn group. All three which provide forums to continue the conversation about evidence-based dietetic practice.
Shaping Our Future
"PEN has shaped how I research and interpret scientific literature. I am confident in PEN as it has been peer reviewed and is an easy to use and reliable source for nutrition information. Throughout my internship the importance of practice-based research has been emphasized and as a result I use PEN to further my knowledge and improve my day-to-day practice as a future dietitian". Katherine Schwenger, Master of Applied Human Nutrition Student.
How has PEN influenced your nutrition and dietetic training? Contact us at eNews@pennutrition.com
Coming Next Issue 2(1)
Myths about hydration – how PEN helped to set the record straight.
Test your Systematic Review Savvy
Making Sense of the many Tools and Resources in PEN
Flaws in the Diamonds - What are the limitations of systematic reviews?
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