What to Expect from an RD
When you receive services from a Registered Dietitian, you can expect quality care. Dietitians are highly trained experts in food and human nutrition and their competence is monitored by a profession-wide Quality Assurance Program. Their practice is supported by standards and professional practice guidance from the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
Registered Dietitians must practice in an ethical manner according to the Code of Ethics for the Dietetics Profession in Canada and the Code of Ethics Interpretive Guide issued by the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Dietetic practice in Ontario must also comply with the many laws that govern professional practice such as the Regulated Health Professions Act, Dietetics Act, Health Care Consent Act and others.
There is zero tolerance for abuse of clients of dietetic services in Ontario. The College of Dietitians of Ontario works with members to prevent sexual abuse and maintain appropriate respectful and professional relationships between dietitians and their clients.
The dietitian-client relationship is based on mutual trust and respect; any act of abuse is a betrayal of that trust. Acceptable practice includes:
- the client's right to clear, complete information
- the right to be involved in all decisions concerning their treatment, and
- the right to consent to or refuse treatment.