The Clinical Dietitian's Essential Pocket Guide

The Clinical Dietitian's Essential Pocket Guide is an up-to-date and concise pocket-sized reference that clinical dietitians can tailor to their own practice. Like most dietitians, we both had our own pocket clinical books—tabbed little binders jammed with snippets of information culled from years of collecting. We have seen many personalized clinical books in all different shapes and sizes through our contact with countless wonderful dietitians who bravely serve as preceptors for our students. We think a clinical guide is so integral to the practice of dietetics that we have required every student who has come to Wayne State University's Coordinated Program in Dietetics to prepare their own. We have continually searched over the years to find a published book that would take the place of these homemade resource books, but we have been unable to find a comprehensive, concise guide that could both fit in a lab coat pocket and also be customized to the user's needs. The inability to find such a guide is what gave us the inspiration to develop one for our own students. When talking with other dietetic educators, we were encouraged to publish our book and share it with fellow dietitians and dietetic students from other programs. We believe our book will become an indispensable guide for students, interns, and practicing dietitians for the following reasons:
  • The compact size will easily fit into any lab coat pocket.
  • The colored tabs enable quick, easy searching of contents.
  • The latest research is incorporated into all chapters, so the busy clinician doesn't have to spend valuable time searching textbooks or the Internet for the most updated information.
  • Blank pages in each chapter allow the clinician to customize their book by adding their own resources and references. Writing in a formula, cutting and pasting an article, or stapling a hospital formulary card can be done with ease.
  • Concise, in-depth coverage of all major practice areas makes it easy to cover a colleague's units or patients by providing the correct resources to do so.
The primary audience for this book is dietitians, dietetic technicians, and students and interns working in hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics, but it will also be useful for other health professionals in community and wellness programs who need a quick reference for nutrition screening and assessment. Part I contains chapters covering nutritional assessment, life stage assessment, and nutrition support. Part II includes seven chapters on the major nutritionally relevant diseases. Appendices on food and drug interactions, laboratory assessment, and a miscellaneous appendix of useful reference materials, such as conversion tables, and food sources of vitamins, round out the book.
This book could not have been developed without the help of our expert contributors. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to Sheri Betz, Brenda Howell, Angela Lada, Monica Lowe, and Lisa Ventrella Lucente for their hard work and valuable contributions to our book. In addition, we would like to thank all the countless colleagues and preceptors who offered constant encouragement and excellent suggestions during the writing process.
Today's fast-paced health care environment makes it crucial to have the information you need when you need it. We struggled with decisions on what content to include, trying to avoid long chunks of text to keep the content easy to find. We hope that you find this book to be the quick and useful reference we intend it to be.
Mary Width MS, RD and Tonia Reinhard MS, RD

Book Features
  • Covers basic nutrition assessment procedures and formulas.
  • Disease-specific assessment parameters and nutrition intervention principles create a useful pocket reference for clinical dietitians.
  • Blank pages allow students and dietitians to create and modify their own notes.
  • Pocket sized, spiral bound, with detachable apple flap bookmark allowing user to mark pages as needed.


Chapter 1: Nutrition Assessment
Chapter 2: Assessing Pregnant Patients
Chapter 3: Assessing Pediatric Patients
Chapter 4: Assessing Elderly Patients
Chapter 5: Nutrition Support
Chapter 6: Cancer
Chapter 7: Cardiovascular Disease
Chapter 8: Diabetes
Chapter 9: Gastrointestinal Diseases
Chapter 10: Liver and Pancreatic Diseases
Chapter 11: Renal Diseases
Chapter 12: Pulmonary Diseases
Appendix A: Laboratory Assessment
Appendix B: Food-Drug Interactions
Appendix C: Miscellaneous
Appendix D: Notes

Product Details
  • Spiral-bound: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 1 Spi edition (May 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781788293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781788298
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.6 x 0.6 inches
List Price: $37.95

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