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Nutritional care of Danish medical inpatients--patients' perspectives.
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PMID:  16101854     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many patients do not eat and drink sufficiently during hospitalization. Surveys have shown that 30-50% of the elderly patients are undernourished when hospitalized, and for the majority of these patients their protein and energy requirements are not met during hospitalization. Diseased people often experience reduced appetite, aversion against certain types of food or nausea, and these symptoms are part of the explanation for insufficient consumption of food and drinks. In order to locate other possible explanations, this study investigate medical inpatients' experiences and satisfaction with the nutritional care. The patients included a total of 91 medical inpatients at two internal medical wards, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. Their average age was 72 +/- 11 years. They were individually interviewed about the food service and the nutritional care upon discharge. Patient satisfaction with the meals was overall high (90%). About 80% found the meals to be very important, but they lacked information about the food service, and the patients-staff communication about the food service was poor. The results indicate that the nursing staff was exercising a 'knowledge monopoly' in relation to the food service. In conclusion, a majority of the patients did not perceive the nutritional care as part of the therapy and nursing care during their hospitalization.
Karin O Lassen; Filip Kruse; Merete Bjerrum
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of caring sciences     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0283-9318     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Caring Sci     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-16     Completed Date:  2005-10-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804206     Medline TA:  Scand J Caring Sci     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  259-67     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Aarhus Sygehus, Aarhus University Hospital and University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Food Service, Hospital / standards*
Health Services Needs and Demand
Hospitals, University
Inpatients / education,  psychology*
Menu Planning / standards*
Nurse-Patient Relations
Nursing Evaluation Research
Nursing Methodology Research
Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
Nutritional Sciences / education
Nutritional Support / psychology,  standards*
Patient Education as Topic / standards
Patient Satisfaction*
Quality Assurance, Health Care

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