What is it about?

Monitoring food intake of patients during hospitalization using simple methods and minimal training is an ongoing problem in hospitals. Therefore, there is a need to develop and validate a simple, easy to use, and quick tool that enables staff to estimate dietary intake. This study aimed to develop and validate the Pictorial Dietary Assessment Tool (PDAT).

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Why is it important?

It is necessary to develop and validate food recording methods specific to countries and settings, particularly in Asian countries which have different food textures and characteristics. This study developed and validated a simple dietary assessment tool for the estimation of macronutrient intake of hospitalized patients, by comparison with the food weighing method.

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I hope this article can inspire the development of a the simple tool to assess inpatients food intake. In this study, we have successfully developed and validated the Pictorial Dietary Assessment Tool (PDAT), which provides a valid estimation of macronutrient consumption among hospitalized adult patients.

Dr Dwi Budiningsari
Universitas Gadjah Mada

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This page is a summary of: A simple dietary assessment tool to monitor food intake of hospitalized adult patients, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, July 2016, Dove Medical Press, DOI: 10.2147/jmdh.s105000.
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