The State and local agency develop documentation policies and procedures that facilitate clear communication between staff as well as a seamless continuum of care for participants.
A key outcome of nutrition services documentation is to capture a complete picture of the participant’s visit in a manner that is easy to retrieve and review, enabling staff to build upon and follow-up on prior visits. It provides invaluable information for managing and evaluating services delivered and serves as the primary communication means by which staff relay vital information to each other about the nutrition services a participant receives as well as a participant’s specific issues and needs. Quality documentation, which may be electronic or paper based, facilitates the delivery of meaningful nutrition services and ensures continuity of care for participants. It also improves program integrity and coordination with the health care community.