2012 Research Priorities Survey

 
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1. Identify effectiveness of methods, programs, and strategies for the prevention and treatment of obesity and associated chronic diseases and how we collaborate with other healthcare professionals [to prevent and treat obesity and associated chronic diseases].

• Effective and ineffective roles and strategies for dietetic professionals to prevent and treat overweight/obesity and related diseases, especially overweight in children and throughout the life cycle.

• Long-term effects of specific nutrition and physical activity interventions, especially in chronic diseases and relapse prevention for the treatment of overweight/obesity.

• The most effective strategies to assess individuals or subpopulations and translate research findings into actions to reduce prevalence of overweight/obesity and chronic diseases.

• Effective marketing and enrollment strategies to prevent and reduce obesity, including world views that hold social, governmental, and commercial behaviors in place.

• The biological and psychosocial control of eating habits, including pharmacology, complementary and alternative strategies, and feeding behavior.
Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeither agree nor disagreeAgreeStrongly agree
This research area is important to the dietetics profession.
This area is more important compared to the other priorities.
This priority is written clearly.
The bulleted items are necessary to clarify the priority.
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2. Please indicate your level of agreement with the Academy's role with regard to this research area:
Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeither agree nor disagreeAgreeStrongly agree
Advocate
Facilitator
Convener
Funder
Educator
Disseminator
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3. Indicate your level of agreement with the following roles for the Academy's Foundation for this research area:
Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeither agree nor disagreeAgreeStrongly agree
Advocate
Facilitator
Convener
Funder
Educator
Disseminator
Advocate = Identifies federal and non-governmental agencies/organizations/individuals who
can support the Academy’s research agenda. Examples of advocacy roles would be for the
Academy to identify research questions for USDA/ERS or the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, or to testify before congressional leaders on the importance of research funding
for data collection and nutrition monitoring.

Facilitator = Targets key research questions to be answered and facilitates a successful
process to answer these questions. For example, the Academy would facilitate partnerships
or multidisciplinary collaboration between various researchers to find potential funding
sources and conduct the research.

Convener = Convenes key scientists and practitioners from various disciplines to explore new
approaches to solve dietetics related research questions. Examples might be convening a
meeting to discuss research needed to address childhood overweight and obesity management
treatment and prevention.

Funder = Involves preparing, disseminating and funding research proposals on key research
question important to the profession. Sometimes this process involves funding for research
under RFA or RFP [mechanisms], and other times, the research is actually conducted in
house. The amount of funding is dependent on the availability of internal and external funds.

Educator = Involves creating professional development opportunities for members to enhance
their knowledge of how to read, interpret, translate, integrate and use research [findings].
The Association also provides professional development opportunities for members to
enhance their abilities to conduct high quality research.

Disseminator = Distributes research results to members and the public through publications,
websites, and print and electronic media.
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