Completes a comprehensive nutrition assessment of each patient, considering lifestyle factors, actual body weight vs. desired body weight, presence or absence of disease states, personal and family medical history, medication use, laboratory values, and macronutrient and micronutrient intake and requirements. In the inpatient setting, utilizes screening data provided by the diet technician as a baseline for determining the need for comprehensive assessment. Reviews diet orders as prescribed by the physician and makes necessary calculations in order to personalize a nutrition care plan for the patient's lifestyle and nutritional needs. Monitors laboratory values in order to recommend a medical nutrition therapy regimen. Makes recommendations to physicians about appropriate nutritional care. Evaluates the effectiveness of medical nutrition therapy by reviewing patient outcomes. Provides follow-up services for continuity of care. Educates patients on eating habits.
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