Establishing an innovative model of nutrition and dietetic care for a mental health service through collaboration with non-nutrition health care workers.

Wilkinson, Shelley Ann and Himstedt, Kellie (2008) Establishing an innovative model of nutrition and dietetic care for a mental health service through collaboration with non-nutrition health care workers.. Nutrition and Dietetics, 65 4: 279-283. doi:10.1111/j.1747-0080.2008.00310.x


Author Wilkinson, Shelley Ann
Himstedt, Kellie
Title Establishing an innovative model of nutrition and dietetic care for a mental health service through collaboration with non-nutrition health care workers.
Journal name Nutrition and Dietetics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-6368
1747-0080
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2008.00310.x
Open Access Status
Volume 65
Issue 4
Start page 279
End page 283
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: To describe the process of the development of the Web-based resources to extend nutrition care to mental health patients through existing non-nutrition mental healthcare professionals (case-managers).

Methods: A formative approach was used to identify nutrition-related issues faced by both patients and staff through a synthesis of literature review, professional experience and clinical observations. Decision-making tools to assist case-managers in selecting resources were developed to guide case-managers'choice of effective evidence-based health education materials on the hospital intranet. Practical training was provided for case-managers during their orientation to the new website and the tools and resources it housed.

Results: A Web-based nutrition site was created on the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital intranet. The website consisted of a Nutrition Referral Action Plan (a patient support triaging flowchart), a Nutrition Support Action Plan (action-based nutrition support tool to guide resource selection) and thirteen action-based nutrition education resources.

Conclusion: By maximising established patient contact through existing health professionals, a Web-based approach to nutrition service delivery was an innovative method for delivering patient information. This collaborative action-based strategy has the potential to raise the nutrition profile in mental health and extend nutrition services to at-risk patients not previously receiving nutrition care.
Keyword Community nutrition
Dietetic service
Health service delivery
Mental health
Nutrition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Pharmacy Publications
 
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