Conflict of Interest

Dietitians are in a conflict of interest when  they consider their own  interests  ahead of or instead of their clients'.  In these circumstances, a dietitian's personal interests may improperly influence their professional judgment and cause harm to clients.  

In the dietitian-client relationship, trust is key.  When a client believes that the dietitian has interests that take priority over their own nutrition care, trust can be broken.

The resources in this section will help you recognize a conflict of interest and understand its impact on clients to determine whether you can  manage the conflict or whether you should avoid it entirely.

Key Resources

Additional Resources