What is it about?

Continuous effort has been made to identify patients at high risk of malnutrition, but monitoring and documentation of nutritional intake are relative less emphasized upon. This study provided a needs assessment related to the current practice of food intake monitoring for hospitalized adult patients among healthcare professionals and obtain feedback for the development of a new dietary assessment tool.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that awareness of the important on monitoring nutrient intake of patients should be emphasized among healthcare professionals. The current dietary assessment tool requires modification due to lengthy time taken to complete the task and poor accuracy in intake estimation.

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I hope this article increase the awareness, especially for hospital managers to provide protocols and guidelines of cooperation among interdisciplinary professionals, including nurses, which includes a simple dietary assessment tool to assist nutritional management of hospitalized patients.

Dr Dwi Budiningsari
Universitas Gadjah Mada

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This page is a summary of: Needs assessment for patients food intake monitoring among Indonesian healthcare professionals, International Nursing Review, August 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/inr.12394.
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