The Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy) has developed Standards of Practice (SOP) and Standards of Professional Performance (SOPP) in Integrative and Functional Medicine. The SOP addresses the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and activities related to person-centered care. The SOPP are authoritative statements that describe a competent level of behavior in the professional role.
The Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT) Radial was established as an integrated conceptual framework to assist in IFMNT practice. The circular architecture of the IFMNT Radial allows for the evaluation of complex interactions and interrelationships. The Radial depicts that food is a determining factor in health and disease and is a source of biological information that influences, and is influenced by, the five key areas.
The five key areas are: lifestyle, systems (signs and symptoms), core imbalances, metabolic pathways, and biomarkers. Surrounding the Radial are precipitating factors that can affect the individual. The SOP, along with the IFMNT Radial, is in the June 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.