Importance Of Dietitian Code Of Ethics

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The Code of Ethics is a set of rules for practitioner behaviour as it helps the practitioner to deal with the ethical practice dilemma or issue as well as help to build a public trust in the activities of a profession. [2] The code of ethics for different professionals may vary from one another. According to Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA), the code covers 5 topics for the dietitian which are professional competence, relationships with colleagues, relationships with clients, legal responsibilities and responsibilities to consumers and society. [3] Standard of practice describes the method or approach for monitoring and improving dietetics practice [2] to ensure that it is safe, effective and has quality. A complete guideline of Code …show more content…
The dietitians follow the guidelines when doing their jobs in order to protect the good name and credibility of the profession. These are the some guidelines that the dietitians usually follow on their daily basis work practice:
1. A dietitian must continually strive to improve her/his professional knowledge, and reassess practices in dietetics to be in-line with current research findings. [4]
Other than just serving in the hospital or any workplace, a dietitian must always attend the conferences, health talks to maintain their knowledge and skill. Every year, the hospital will send their dietitians to attend the related seminars or academic exchanges activities to get them always been updated and provide the best services to the needs.
2. A dietitian must act impartially, and give a uniformly high standard of treatment to all people regardless of sex, race, religion, politics or socio – economic status.
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The patients may have different religions, come from different races, different age ranges or other conditions. As a professional dietitian, he or she should not give the advice by judging the patient’s sex, race, religion, politics or socio – economic status as everyone have the rights to seek for a high-quality treatment. A dietitian must act professionally and give equal treatment to the patients. However, the dietitian can give the advice based on the patient’s needs, culture or lifestyle. It is because the patients may practice different eating habits, for example, vegetarian or non-vegetarian and halal or non-halal.

3. A dietitian must operate within the constraints of professional secrecy. She/he must not divulge confidential information about patients except to those involved in their treatment. [4]

A dietitian may have many different clients and the number of clients will increase day by day. The dietitian in charge cannot simply provide their clients’ information to others except to those involved in their treatment. It is because every patient have their own privacy. Thus, it is important to keep the personal record of the clients secrecy (patient confidentially). By practicing this guideline, the patient will show their appreciation and confidence to the professional. They will fully trust the dietitian and follow the advice given to them.

4. A dietitian has a responsibility to members of related

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