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Parham, Ellen S.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Home Economics


Filipinos--Illinois--Chicago; Dietitians


The purpose of the study was to compare the academic background and the results of a self-evaluation in different areas of difficulty encountered by 34 American and 38 Filipino dietitians presently employed in 24 hospitals in Chicago, Illinois. Twenty chief dietitians evaluated the work performance and determined the areas needing improvement in the preparation of both groups of dietitians. Each group reported their responses via an appropriate questionnaire. The curricula of universities accredited by the Dietitic Association of the Philippines (DAP) were essentially the same as the basic American Dietitic Association (ADA) academic requirements. Although the two groups of dietitians differed in the types and frequencies of the problems encountered, these differences were significant only in the case of self-confidence where the Americans felt they lacked and in the case of terminology of foods where the Filipinos had problems. In both groups the frequency of problems was less in their present positions than in their first six months of employment. Although the chi-square tests showed no significant differences in the chief dietitians' evaluations in each area of work performance, the American dietitians received higher evaluations especially in the areas of initiative, communication, dependability, and potential for advancement. Only in case of application of dietary management did more than 10 per cent of the chief dietitians express great need for improvement in the preparation of American dietitians. On the other hand, 25 - 45 per cent of chief dietitians indicated that the preparation of their Filipino dietitians needed improvement in knowledge of foods, application of dietary management, rapport with patients, rapport with team members, problem solving, initiative and leadership, coping with pressures and instruction to patients.


Includes bibliographical references.


vii, 54 pages




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