The Design Requirements of a Comprehensive Nutrition and Dietetic Portal Based on the Experiences of Selected Countries
International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 132-136
Received: Jan. 4, 2015;
Accepted: Jan. 13, 2015;
Published: Feb. 16, 2015
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Zahra Sadat Abtahi, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, School of Allied Medical Sciences
Reza Safdari, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Department of Health Information Management
Majan Ghazi Saeedi, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Department of Health Information Management
Ahmad Reza Dorosty, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, School of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, Department of Nutrition
Background and Objectives: Undoubtedly, information and communication technology resulted in a massive development in all social and economic areas. It has a great impact on human communities so that the world is rapidly becoming an information society. It is vital to find additional ways to reduce overweight due to increased rate of obesity and obesity-related health problems. Nutrition and dietetic portals provide access to a wide range of information resources for nutritionists, physicians and the public due to the dynamic content and integrated access to resources, software, applications and databases. The aim of the present study is to review the nutrition and dietetic portals in selected countries to provide some suggestions in this field. Methods: This is a descriptive-comparative study. The minimum content features of the nutrition and dietetic portals were identified through comprehensive review of the literature. The nutrition and dietetic portals of the selected countries were examined through observation, communication and completion of a checklist. The second stage involved the design of a dietetic system. Accordingly, a HTML-based (Hyper Text Markup Language) system was designed using the semi-experimental study. Results: The common aspects of the nutrition and dietetic portals include annual statistics, nutrition news, calendar of events, information on job opportunities, information on different diets, strategies and policies, professional standards and rules, nutrition guidelines and manuals as well as educational and research facilities. Conclusion: To provide accessible information for the public and healthcare providers, the design of a specialized comprehensive portal with desirable specifications and a credible scientific background will have a significant impact on the promotion of nutrition literacy and thereby improved heath of society through analyzing the users’ needs.
Zahra Sadat Abtahi,
Majan Ghazi Saeedi,
Ahmad Reza Dorosty,
The Design Requirements of a Comprehensive Nutrition and Dietetic Portal Based on the Experiences of Selected Countries, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
Vol. 4, No. 2,
2015, pp. 132-136.
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