The increasing use of computers in dietetics has been matched by an increase in the number and types of software packages available. The functions which ‘dietetic’ software can carry out vary widely, and certain information is essential for the dietitian looking for a package for clinical or research work.

Where dietary analyses are carried out, the number of foods listed in the database and the accuracy with which cooking method, for example, can be specified are vital.

This mini-series of reviews examines several packages on the market. They carry out a variety of tasks, including dietary analyses and menu planning.

Demonstration disks can usually be obtained, allowing interested dietitians to examine the package in greater detail.