A pilot project undertaken by the Abbotsford Division of Family Practice demonstrated the valuable role that registered dietitians can play in primary care teams. After identifying that approximately 38,000 patients, which is 27% of the community, suffered from diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, Abbotsford Division launched a pilot project to provide 10 primary care clinics in its community with access to registered dietitians for a 19-month period. 

Implemented between September 2015 and March 2017 in partnership with Fraser Health Nutrition Services, the project involved four part-time dietitians (full-time equivalent to 1.0) providing service to approximately 730 patients of more than 30 GPs. 

Read the full story on the Divisions of Family Practice website.