AWM: Dissemination and Implementation (2022)

AWM: Dissemination and Implementation (2022)

Dissemination and implementation of guidelines is very important for the Academy. Dissemination focuses on spreading the knowledge and information from these guidelines to stakeholders via various means.  Implementation, on the other hand, involves integration of the evidence-based interventions into practice, and includes examination of barriers and facilitators that can influence the effectiveness of these evidence-based recommendations.

Guideline Dissemination

The publication of this guideline on the EAL website is an integral aspect of this Evidence-Based Practice Guideline (EBPG) to dietetics practitioners engaged in, teaching, or researching adult weight management. 

The guideline development team recommended multi-faceted strategies to disseminate the guideline and encourage its implementation. The EBPG will be disseminated to members through announcements at professional events, social media, list-serves, newsletters, spokespeople, and notification to Academy groups, policy makers and external organizations. Dissemination will be achieved by announcements at professional events, on social media, available on the Evidence Analysis Library website and published in a professional journal, as well as various presentations. The guideline and supplementary resources will be freely available for members to use in the education and training of dietetic interns and students in approved Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) programs. 

Specific distribution strategies include:

  • Publication in full: The guideline and supporting systematic review are available electronically at the Academy Evidence Analysis Library website ( The Academy Evidence Analysis Library will also provide downloadable supporting information.
  • Scientific publications:
    • Medical Nutrition Therapy Interventions provided by Dietitians for Adult Overweight and Obesity Management: An Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence-Based Practice Guideline. J Acad Nut Diet 2023:23(3):520-545. doi:
    • Weight Management Interventions Provided by a Dietitian for Adults with Overweight or Obesity: An Evidence Analysis Center Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Acad Nutr Diet 2022 June doi:
    • Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Medical Nutrition Therapy Behavioral Interventions Provided by Dietitians for Adults with Overweight or ObesityJ Acad Nut Diet. 2023 (PDF)
  • Presentations
    • Results from the systematic review were presented in a poster at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) 2021.
    • Results from the systematic review were presented in an oral session at the Weight Management Symposium in 2022.
    • A full session on the completed guideline and how it can be applied to practice will be presented at FNCE 2022. 
    • A poster about the methods for stakeholder feedback was presented at the Guideline International Network 2022. 
    • Adult Weight Management (2022) Guideline Presentation - this 40-slide MS PowerPoint presentation includes all the recommendations and ratings of the guideline. Ideal for you to use for meetings, in-service presentations and classes (this product is not designed for the consumer). Download for free.

Guideline Implementation

Please see the “Considerations for Application” section of the guideline recommendations for tools and expert advice regarding how to implement the recommendations. Implementation resources described throughout the guideline include:

Guideline Testing

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