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A pilot study examining nutrition and cancer patients: Factors influencing oncology patients receiving nutrition in an acute cancer unit

Warnock, Clare, Tod, Angela, Kirshbaum, Marilynne, Powell, Claire and Sharman, Denise (2005). A pilot study examining nutrition and cancer patients: Factors influencing oncology patients receiving nutrition in an acute cancer unit. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing,9(3-4):197-201.

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Title A pilot study examining nutrition and cancer patients: Factors influencing oncology patients receiving nutrition in an acute cancer unit
Author Warnock, Clare
Tod, Angela
Kirshbaum, Marilynne
Powell, Claire
Sharman, Denise
Journal Name Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 3-4
eISSN 1532-9275
Start Page 197
End Page 201
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher W.B. Saunders Co. Ltd.
Field of Research MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
1110 - Nursing
Abstract Introduction
Cancer and its treatment place significant demands on the nutritional status of patients. This can be exacerbated by admission to hospital.
Study purpose
The study aimed to identify factors that are barriers and facilitators to oncology in-patients receiving adequate nutrition in an acute cancer unit.
Methods
Qualitative non-participant observational techniques were used to explore practice relating to nutrition. The study was carried out on two 30 bedded wards in a UK cancer centre. Five observations, each lasting three hours, were conducted on each of the wards.
Data analysis
Framework analysis techniques were used to analyse the data.
Results
Nutrition was influenced by a complex interaction of factors relating to both the physical and social environment. Characteristics of each of these were identified.
Conclusion
In the hospital setting nutrition takes place in a context that balances the needs of the individual patient with the needs of the organisation, the busyness of the ward and staff schedules. The ongoing formal and informal assessment of the range of barriers and facilitators to nutrition may influence nutritional intake. A positive and proactive culture around food may also be important.
Keywords Nutrition
Cancer
Observation
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cein.2006.08.009   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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