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Cook to order: meeting the nutritional needs of children with cancer in hospital.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19505061     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Malnutrition and cachexia are frequent consequences of childhood cancer and its treatment. Providing appetising hospital food in a timely, flexible way can help ensure a child has the option to eat familiar food when they are hungry and maintain a good nutritional status. A survey by the children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent found that hospital food for children with cancer was unappealing, poorly prepared, unsuitable for sick children, lacking in choice, unhealthy and not age-appropriate. New menus and a cook-to-order service were among innovations made in one centre following similar findings in a local survey. The hospital's young people's executive group contributed to the changes. A follow-up survey indicated that children and families were very satisfied with the new arrangements. The need for improved nutritional support and the reduction in waste that resulted from these changes need to be balanced against the increased costs of the improved service.
Angela Houlston; Elizabeth Buttery; Bernadette Powell
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Paediatric nursing     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0962-9513     ISO Abbreviation:  Paediatr Nurs     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-09     Completed Date:  2009-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9013329     Medline TA:  Paediatr Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-7     Citation Subset:  N    
The Children's Hospital, Headington, Oxford.
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MeSH Terms
Cachexia / prevention & control
Malnutrition / prevention & control
Menu Planning*
Neoplasms / physiopathology*

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