Reflections on tomorrow’s menu : evidence for inpatient meal preferences at a large tertiary public hospital

Juffs, Phillip, Ellick, Jennifer, Banks, Merrilyn, Hannan-Jones, Mary T., Neil, Angela, Evans, Rebecca, & Capra, Sandra (2013) Reflections on tomorrow’s menu : evidence for inpatient meal preferences at a large tertiary public hospital. In 30th National Conference of Dietitians Association of Australia, 23-25 May 2013, National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT.

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Abstract

There are limited studies that describe patient meal preferences in hospital; however this data is critical to develop menus that address satisfaction and nutrition whilst balancing resources. This quality study aimed to determine preferences for meals and snacks to inform a comprehensive menu revision in a large (929 bed) tertiary public hospital. The method was based on Vivanti et al. (2008) with data collected by two final year dietetic students. The first survey comprised 72 questions, achieved a response rate of 68% (n = 192), with the second more focused at 47 questions achieving a higher response rate of 93% (n = 212). Findings showed over half the patients reporting poor or less than normal appetite, 20% describing taste issues, over a third with a LOS >7 days, a third with a MST _ 2 and less than half eating only from the general menu. Soup then toast was most frequently reported as eaten at home when unwell, and whilst most reported not missing any foods when in hospital (25%), steak was most commonly missed. Hot breakfasts were desired by the majority (63%), with over half preferring toast (even if cold). In relation to snacks, nearly half (48%) wanted something more substantial than tea/coffee/biscuits, with sandwiches (54%) and soup (33%) being suggested. Sandwiches at the evening meal were not popular (6%). Difficulties with using cutlery and meal size selection were identified as issues. Findings from this study had high utility and supported a collaborative and evidenced based approach to a successful major menu change for the hospital.

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ID Code: 70535
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Foodservice, Dietetics, Nutrition, Menu
DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12035
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100) > Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified (111199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Dietitians Association of Australia
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2014 05:07
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 05:09

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