Catalyzing Dietetics Study

Catalysing Dietetics Research Study

Attention: Nova Scotian Dietitians Needed!

Catalysing Dietetics is recruiting practicing dietitians in Nova Scotia to take part in a research study. Please review the online Invitation to Participate below.

View the consent form and enroll in the study: CLICK HERE




What is the purpose of this study?

1. Describe dietitians’ roles, responsibilities and required expertise in Nova Scotia during

various stages of the pandemic, including shifts within and outside of usual dietitian duties.

2. Identify the challenges and barriers that dietitians have faced carrying out their roles

during the pandemic.

3. Identify bodies of knowledge and skillsets, as well as emerging areas of practice,

requiring enhanced preparation and training.

4. Recommend strategies for incorporating findings into academic, applied, and professional

education in Nova Scotia and beyond.


This study is funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Ethics approval has been obtained by the StFX Univerity & Mount Saint Vincent University Research Ethics Boards.


What Will be Required of Participants, Including the Time Commitment

You will be completing an online survey using password-protected secure software. Your participation is anonymous, and your answers will be in no way associated with you. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. 


Participation is Voluntary; Right to Withdraw Without Negative Consequences

Your participation is completely voluntary. You have the right to refuse participation in the study. You may withdraw at any time. You may stop the survey at any point and your answers will not be included in the study material. You also have the right to refuse to answer any question without having to end your involvement in the research project.


With Respect to Potential Benefits and Potential Harms:


By participating in this research, you will be benefiting dietitians across Nova Scotia and Canada. Direct benefits to you will come in the form of professional development created, in part, based upon the findings of this study. 

Overall benefits for participating in this research include: (1) ensuring that dietitians have the skills and tools needed to address the food and health challenges imposed by a pandemic situation; (2) the ability of dietitians to support vulnerable groups will be enhanced as shortcomings of preventative and service supports during COVID-19 are identified; (3) the findings of this research will be useful to dietitians across Canada  by providing evidence-based recommendations for professional development; (4) a better understanding of the new realities, challenges, needs, and opportunities for dietetic education and professional development for dietitians and dietetic students in Nova Scotia. 



Some of the questions might cause emotional reactions to the burden experienced from working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are no other known harms associated with your participation in this research. However, there may be harms that we do not yet know about.

Confidentiality and Anonymity

All study information and data will be securely stored on a password protected OneDrive folder only accessible to the Research Team. Only the researchers and the research assistant will have access to the survey data. Participation in the survey is anonymous and potentially identifying information (e.g., age or where you live) will be collected as a range to ensure anonymity.  


Release of Data

Findings from the study may be shared in written reports, at academic conferences, and at provincial dietetic meetings. 



Data will be kept for 5 years following completion of the final study report and then destroyed.

If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact either:


Dr. Ann Fox                                                                                          Mr. Erik Vandenboer

Associate Professor and Chair                                                    Research Assistant

Department of Human Nutrition                                               Phone: 902-580-0893

St. Francis Xavier University                                                         Email:

J Bruce Brown Hall

208-2320 Notre Dame Ave

Box 5000

Antigonish NS B2G 2WS

Phone: 902-867-2192