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Revista Española de Nutrición Humana y Dietética

On-line version ISSN 2174-5145Print version ISSN 2173-1292


CARBAJAL, Ángeles; SIERRA, José Luis; LOPEZ-LORA, Lorena  and  RUPERTO, Mar. Nutrition Care Process: elements for its implementation and use by Nutrition and Dietetics Professionals. Rev Esp Nutr Hum Diet [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.2, pp.172-186.  Epub Jan 11, 2021. ISSN 2174-5145.


The Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and NCP Terminology (NCPT) provides a performance protocol that allows encouraging critical thinking, promoting evidence-based professional practice, documenting it, measuring outcomes and evaluating the quality of nutritional care. Objective: To increase awareness of using NCP and NCPT, its basic elements, application in nutritional care in professionals of Nutrition and Dietetics and evaluating its international implementation.

Material and Methods:

A review of the published works about NCP and NCPT in English and Spanish. Search terms: Nutrition Care Process, Dietetic Care Process, Standardized Terminology, Proceso/Plan de Atención/Cuidado Nutricional/Dietético and Terminología Estandarizada (TE). It was not limited by date of publication and those articles with low scientific evidence or with changes from the original model were excluded.


The NCP provides a holistic approach and contributes to improving the quality of nutritional care, the exchange information and nutritional follow-up. The implementation of the NCP improves the productivity of those professionals, who are using it, and furthermore, promotes and strengthens the functions of the Nutrition professional in clinical-community healthcare settings.


NCP and NCPT are internationally recognized tools to promote the professional practice in the clinical-community setting and nutritional research, emphasizing the requirement to include it in the academic curriculum and the professional practice of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Keywords : Nutritionists; Nutrition Therapy; Standard of Care; Reference Standards; Process Assessment, Health Care; Clinical Decision-Making; Terminology as Topic; Dietitians; Nutrition care process; Dietetic care process.

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