Current practice in nutrition assessment for the management of Parkinson’s disease in Australia and Canada

Sheard, Jamie M. & Ash, Susan (2014) Current practice in nutrition assessment for the management of Parkinson’s disease in Australia and Canada. Nutrition & Dietetics, 71(2), pp. 92-99.

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To document and compare current practice in nutrition assessment of Parkinson’s disease by dietitians in Australia and Canada in order to identify priority areas for review and development of practice guidelines and direct future research.


An online survey was distributed to DAA members and PEN subscribers through their email newsletters. The survey captured current practice in the phases of the Nutrition Care Plan. The results of the assessment phase are presented here.


Eighty-four dietitians responded. Differences in practice existed in the choice of nutrition screening and assessment tools, including appropriate BMI ranges. Nutrition impact symptoms were commonly assessed, but information about Parkinson’s disease medication interactions were not consistently assessed.


he variation in practice related to the use of screening and assessment methods may result in the identification of different goals for subsequent interventions. Even more practice variation was evident for those items more specific to Parkinson’s disease and may be due to the lack of evidence to guide practice. Further research is required to support decisions for nutrition assessment of Parkinson’s disease.

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ID Code: 62958
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Parkinson’s disease;, nutrition assessment;, evidence based practice;, Clinical nutrition and dietetics, nutritional status;
DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12077
ISSN: 1747-0080
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Dietitians Association of Australia
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2013 02:04
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2015 22:20

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