An evaluation of a community dietetics intervention on the management of malnutrition for healthcare professionals.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/190134
Title:
An evaluation of a community dietetics intervention on the management of malnutrition for healthcare professionals.
Authors:
Kennelly, S; Kennedy, N P; Rughoobur, G F; Slattery, C G; Sugrue, S
Affiliation:
Community Nutrition & Dietetics Service, Health Service Executive Dublin Mid-Leinster, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. sharon.kennelly@hse.ie
Citation:
An evaluation of a community dietetics intervention on the management of malnutrition for healthcare professionals. 2010, 23 (6):567-74 J Hum Nutr Diet
Journal:
Journal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Association
Issue Date:
Dec-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/190134
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-277X.2010.01111.x
PubMed ID:
20860699
Abstract:
Healthcare professionals working in the community setting have limited knowledge of the evidence-based management of malnutrition. The present study aimed to evaluate a community dietetics intervention, which included an education programme for healthcare professionals in conjunction with the introduction of a community dietetics service for patients 'at risk' of malnutrition. Changes in nutritional knowledge and the reported management of malnourished patients were investigated and the acceptability of the intervention was explored.; An education programme, incorporating 'Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST)' training, was implemented in eight of 10 eligible primary care practices (14 general practitioners and nine practice nurses attended), in seven private nursing homes (20 staff nurses attended) and two health centres (53 community nurses attended) in conjunction with a community dietetics service for patients at risk of malnutrition. Nutritional knowledge was assessed before, immediately after, and 6 months after the intervention using self-administered, multiple-choice questionnaires. Reported changes in practice and the acceptability of the education programme were considered using self-administered questionnaires 6 months after the intervention.; A significant increase in nutritional knowledge 6 months after the intervention was observed (P < 0.001). The management of malnutrition was reported to be improved, with 69% (38/55) of healthcare professionals reporting to weigh patients 'more frequently', whereas 80% (43/54) reported giving dietary advice to prevent or treat malnutrition. Eighty-percent (44/55) of healthcare professionals stated that 'MUST' was an acceptable nutrition screening tool.; An education programme supported by a community dietetics service for patients 'at risk' of malnutrition increased the nutritional knowledge and improved the reported management of malnourished patients in the community by healthcare professionals.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Community Health Services; Dietetics; Female; Health Personnel; Humans; Male; Malnutrition; Questionnaires; Risk Factors
ISSN:
1365-277X

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dc.contributor.authorKennelly, Sen
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, N Pen
dc.contributor.authorRughoobur, G Fen
dc.contributor.authorSlattery, C Gen
dc.contributor.authorSugrue, Sen
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-21T15:39:19Z-
dc.date.available2011-11-21T15:39:19Z-
dc.date.issued2010-12-
dc.identifier.citationAn evaluation of a community dietetics intervention on the management of malnutrition for healthcare professionals. 2010, 23 (6):567-74 J Hum Nutr Dieten
dc.identifier.issn1365-277X-
dc.identifier.pmid20860699-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-277X.2010.01111.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/190134-
dc.description.abstractHealthcare professionals working in the community setting have limited knowledge of the evidence-based management of malnutrition. The present study aimed to evaluate a community dietetics intervention, which included an education programme for healthcare professionals in conjunction with the introduction of a community dietetics service for patients 'at risk' of malnutrition. Changes in nutritional knowledge and the reported management of malnourished patients were investigated and the acceptability of the intervention was explored.-
dc.description.abstractAn education programme, incorporating 'Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST)' training, was implemented in eight of 10 eligible primary care practices (14 general practitioners and nine practice nurses attended), in seven private nursing homes (20 staff nurses attended) and two health centres (53 community nurses attended) in conjunction with a community dietetics service for patients at risk of malnutrition. Nutritional knowledge was assessed before, immediately after, and 6 months after the intervention using self-administered, multiple-choice questionnaires. Reported changes in practice and the acceptability of the education programme were considered using self-administered questionnaires 6 months after the intervention.-
dc.description.abstractA significant increase in nutritional knowledge 6 months after the intervention was observed (P < 0.001). The management of malnutrition was reported to be improved, with 69% (38/55) of healthcare professionals reporting to weigh patients 'more frequently', whereas 80% (43/54) reported giving dietary advice to prevent or treat malnutrition. Eighty-percent (44/55) of healthcare professionals stated that 'MUST' was an acceptable nutrition screening tool.-
dc.description.abstractAn education programme supported by a community dietetics service for patients 'at risk' of malnutrition increased the nutritional knowledge and improved the reported management of malnourished patients in the community by healthcare professionals.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshCommunity Health Services-
dc.subject.meshDietetics-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHealth Personnel-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMalnutrition-
dc.subject.meshQuestionnaires-
dc.subject.meshRisk Factors-
dc.titleAn evaluation of a community dietetics intervention on the management of malnutrition for healthcare professionals.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCommunity Nutrition & Dietetics Service, Health Service Executive Dublin Mid-Leinster, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. sharon.kennelly@hse.ieen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Associationen

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