Case Studies

Case studies are complex examples that demonstrate theoretical concepts in an applied setting. Nutrition Care Process and Terminology: A Practical Approach uses clinical case studies as a means of examining the NCP. Each case study contains a fictional scenario describing an encounter between patient and a dietitian. Guided questions concerning the encounter address each stage of the NCP. 

Case-study analysis requires practitioners to apply acquired knowledge and skills to real-life situations. In the first four case studies, the story of Mr Robertson unfolds. Mr Robertson is an elderly gentleman diagnosed with an evolving series of health conditions. The long-term impact of nutrition care on Mr Roberton’s state of health becomes evident as you progress through the book. The final case study is unrelated to Mr Robertson and focuses on Ricky, a 14 year-old boy, seeking advice on weight management.

Each case study consists of:
  • An overview (Perspective) of the health condition, including disease Etiology, prevalence, presentation and diagnosis 
  • A condition-specific NCP Mind Map summarizing relevant clinical information and key strategies to consider when providing nutrition care
  • Suggested reading material, including evidence-based research, guidelines and tools
  • A detailed clinical scenario describing an encounter between an individual and a dietitian
  • A series of related activities designed to support learning through the practice and application of new concepts
Updated January 27, 2016
Updated January 27, 2016