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Nutritional status and information needs of medical oncology patients receiving treatment at an Australian public hospital

Isenring, Elisabeth A., Cross, Giordana, Kellett , Elizabeth, Koczwara, Bogda, & Daniels, Lynne A. (2010) Nutritional status and information needs of medical oncology patients receiving treatment at an Australian public hospital. Nutrition and Cancer, 62(2), pp. 220-228.

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify: i) the prevalence of malnutrition according to the scored Patient Generated-Subjective Global Assessment (PG-SGA); ii) utilization of available nutrition resources; iii) patient nutrition information needs; and iv) external sources of nutrition information. An observational, cross-sectional study was undertaken at an Australian public hospital on 191 patients receiving oncology services. According to PG-SGA, 49% of patients were malnourished and 46% required improved symptom management and/or nutrition intervention. Commonly reported nutrition-impact symptoms included: peculiar tastes (31%), no appetite (24%) and nausea (24%). External sources of nutrition information were accessed by 37%, with popular choices being media/internet (n=19) and family/friends (n=13). In a sub-sample (n=65), 32 patients were aware of the available nutrition resources, 23 thought the information sufficient and 19 patients had actually read them. Additional information on supplements and modifying side effects was requested by 26 patients. Malnutrition is common in oncology patients receiving treatment at an Australian public hospital and almost half require improved symptom management and/or nutrition intervention. Patients who read the available nutrition information found it useful, however awareness of these nutrition resources and the provision of information on supplementation and managing symptoms requires attention.

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ID Code: 28377
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: dietetics, nutrition assessment, nutritional status, information needs, oncology, cancer
DOI: 10.1080/01635580903305276
ISSN: 1532-7914
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the article as published in the print edition of the journal]. Nutrition and Cancer is available online at informaworldTM
Deposited On: 01 Mar 2010 10:25
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:24

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