Student and supervisor productivity change during nutrition and dietetic practice placements : A cohort study

Ash, Susan, Martin, Elizabeth, Rodger, Sylvia, Clark, Michele J., & Graves, Nicholas (2015) Student and supervisor productivity change during nutrition and dietetic practice placements : A cohort study. Nutrition & Dietetics, 72(2), pp. 163-169.

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This study aimed to demonstrate how supervisors and students use their time during the three domains of nutrition and dietetic clinical placement and to what extent patient care and non-patient activities change during placement compared to pre- and post- placement.


A cohort survey design was used with students from two Queensland universities, and their supervisors in 2010. Participants recorded their time use in either a paper-based or an electronic survey. Supervisors’ and students’ time-use was calculated as independent daily means according to time use categories reported over the length of the placement. Mean daily number of occasions of service, length of occasions of service, project and other time use in minutes was reported as productivity output indicators and the data imputed. A linear mixed modelling approach was used to describe the relationship between the stage of placement and time use in minutes.


Combined students’ (n= 21) and supervisors’ (n=29) time use as occasions of service or length of occasions of service in patient care activities were significantly different pre, during and post placement. On project-based placements in food service management and community public health nutrition, supervisors’ project activity time significantly decreased during placements with students undertaking more time in project activities.


This study showed students do not reduce occasions of service in patient care and they enhance project activities in food service and community public health nutrition while on placement. A larger study is required to confirm these results.

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ID Code: 62961
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: professional education;, dietetics;, student placement,, HERN, clinical education;, productivity efficiency;
DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12093
ISSN: 1747-0080
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
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 Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Dietitians Association of Australia
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Deposited On: 30 Sep 2013 03:13
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 06:55

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