Undernutrition in older people in Australia

Ullrich, Sandra, McCutcheon, Helen and Parker, Barbara (2015) Undernutrition in older people in Australia. British Journal of Nursing, 24 7: 364-370. doi:10.12968/bjon.2015.24.7.364

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Author Ullrich, Sandra
McCutcheon, Helen
Parker, Barbara
Title Undernutrition in older people in Australia
Journal name British Journal of Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-0461
Publication date 2015-04-07
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.12968/bjon.2015.24.7.364
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 24
Issue 7
Start page 364
End page 370
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher M A Healthcare
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Despite being preventable and treatable, undernutrition remains a problem for many older people in tertiary healthcare settings. Nurses have a crucial role in assisting people who are unable to eat independently and are uniquely positioned to implement solutions that will lead to better nutritional care. However, what is known about the management of undernutrition is not informing nursing practice. This study used action research, underpinned by the ‘participatory world view’, to address the theory-practice gap. Data and between-method triangulation were used to collect and analyse qualitative non-participant observations and action research group data. Set Up Ready For Dining (SURFD) was developed and implemented by nurses to improve patient mealtimes. Findings show that nursing practice in nutritional care is influenced by technique within the healthcare context that emphasises operational efficiency, and by the choices that nurses made around being the patient advocate during mealtimes.
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