Using critical incident interviews to identify the mental health knowledge, skills and attitudes of entry-level dietitians
Dowding, Kerryn, Ash, Susan, & Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. (2011) Using critical incident interviews to identify the mental health knowledge, skills and attitudes of entry-level dietitians. Nutrition and Dietetics, 68(4), pp. 297-304.
Aim: This paper aims to explore new graduates experience working with clients with mental health issues using critical incident interviews.
Methods: The qualitative research techniques were based on phenomenology. A purposive sample of 19 new graduate dietitians was drawn from a range of work settings and locations throughout Australia. Data was gathered using thirty minute Critical Incident Interviews. Audio-taped data was transcribed, coded to identify common themes, compared for congruence and then categorised into knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Results: New graduates encountered a range of situations involving a variety of mental health, wellbeing, dietetic and clinical issues. Common themes highlighted the mental health knowledge, skills and attitudes required for entry-level dietitians which then informed the review of the National Competency Standards for Entry-Level Dietitians.
Conclusion: New graduates encounter a variety of mental health and wellbeing issues in their everyday practice and therefore require training to address these situations competently.
Impact and interest:
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||competency standard;critical incident technique;dietetics;mental health;new graduate;qualitative method|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc|
|Deposited On:||11 Dec 2012 23:50|
|Last Modified:||03 Apr 2013 10:39|
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