The influence of the education of dietary assistants upon therapeutic dietitians expectations of them in large and small Illinois hospitals
Bachner, Sarah Louise
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The purpose of this study was to learn how size of hospital and education of dietary assistants influence delegation of responsibilities to these assistants. A weighted quantitative scale was developed to measure head therapeutic dietitians* expectations of dietary assistants. Factors weighted in order of importance, by judges who were therapeutic dietitians, were included in the final questionnaire. Seventy-two large and sixty-eight small hospitals participated in the study. Statistical analysis of the data revealed that the average educational background of dietary assistants of large and small Illinois hospitals was twelve years. Head therapeutic dietitians were A.D.A. members in 83 percent of participating hospitals. The average degree completed by head therapeutic dietitians of Illinois hospitals was a bachelor's degree. Both large and small hospitals showed indications of low expectations or a resistance to delegate duties to dietary assistants. Both large and small hospitals indicated a willingness to delegate more in cases where dietary assistants have more education. However, no significant correlations were found between the educational background of dietary assistants and the expectation scores of the therapeutic dietitians.