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Heart Failure

HF: Background Information (2008)

Identifying Information and Availability

Bibliographic Source
American Dietetic Association. American Dietetic Association Heart Failure Evidenced-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline, Chicago (IL): American Dietetic Association; 2008.


This guideline was not adapted from another source. Development of the guideline was conducted in accordance with the Appraisal of Guidelines Research Evaluation critical appraisal instrument.

Date Released


Guideline Developer

American Dietetic Association.

Guideline Status

This is the first release of the ADA Heart Failure Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline.

Guideline Reviewers

  • Linda Young, MS, RD, LMNT
  • Sheri Rowland, APRN
  • Pat Splett, PhD MPH RD FADA
  • Donna Schultz, RN
  • Allen Anderson, MD
Expert Work Group
  • Toni Kuehneman, MS, RD, LMNT, Chair
  • Mark A. Dinga, MEd, RD, LDN
  • Patricia Davidson, DCN, RD, CDE
  • Rita A. Frickel, MS, RD, LMNT
  • Mary Beth Russell, RD, LN, CDE
  • KC Wright, MS, RD, LD.
Lead Evidence Analyst
  • Mikelle C. McCoin, MPH, RD
  • Ellen D. Parham, PhD, RD, LD.
Evidence Analysts
  • Cinda S. Chima, MS, RD, LD
  • Joan A. Pleuss, MS, RD, CDE, CD
  • Toni Tucker, MA, RD.
Financial Contributor

Commission on Dietetic Registration.

ADA Staff

  • Deborah Cummins, PhD
  • Kari Kren, MPH, RD
  • Esther F. Myers, PhD, RD
  • Laurie Sweet, MHA, MS, RD, LD.

Disclosures of Potential Conflict of Interest
In the interest of full disclosure, ADA has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the ADA Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers.

None of the work group members listed above disclosed potential conflicts of interest.

Guideline Availablility

The guideline will be available online.

Availability of Companion Documents

The Heart Failure Toolkit is a set of companion documents which detail how the practitioner applies the Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline in practice. The Toolkit will include items such as documentation forms, outcomes-monitoring sheets, client education resources, case studies and MNT protocols for implementing the Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline.

Patient Resources

Patient education resources will be available within the Heart Failure Toolkit.

National Library of Medicine Subject Headings

  • The main MeSH category is designated as Therapeutics.
  • The sub-categories under this heading include Nutrition Therapy and Diet Therapy.

Institutes of Medicine (IOM) National Healthcare Quality Report Categories

  • IOM care need: Getting better
  • IOM domain: Effectiveness, patient-centeredness.

Copyright Statement

The American Dietetic Association encourages the free exchange of evidence in nutrition practice guidelines and promotes the adaptation of the guidelines for local conditions. However, please note that guidelines are subject to copyright provisions. To replicate or reproduce this guideline, in part or in full, please obtain agreement from the American Dietetic Association. Contact for copyright permission.

When modifying the guidelines for local circumstances, significant departures from these comprehensive guidelines should be fully documented and the reasons for the differences explicitly detailed.

©2007 American Dietetic Association.