Registered Dietitian

Registered dietitians, or nutritionists, assess and provide for the nutritional needs of the patient with a disability. They assist the physician and provide a treatment plan which may include the following:

  • ideal body weight, caloric, and dietary needs

  • foods that help facilitate swallowing

  • special diets

  • dietary modifications that need to be made as a result of the disability

  • tube feeding formulas and schedules for patients who are unable to swallow

  • patient and family education on nutrition topics related to diseases (i.e., diabetes)

Registered dietitians may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:

  • hospitals

  • inpatient rehabilitation centers

  • home health settings

  • private practice

Registered dietitians hold an undergraduate degree, and many have earned a Master's degree in dietetics or nutrition science, and may be certified by the American Dietetic Association.


Copyright 2014 Main Line Health

Printed from:

The information provided in this Web site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice. All medical information presented should be discussed with your healthcare professional. See additional Terms of Use at For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.