Journal article

Weekend days are not required to accurately measure oral intake in hospitalised patients

LS Chapple, AM Deane, K Lange, AJ Kranz, LT Williams, MJ Chapman

Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics | WILEY | Published : 2017


BACKGROUND: Nutrition studies in patients admitted to hospital frequently disregard oral intake because measurement is time-intensive and logistically challenging. In free-living populations, weighed food records (WFR) are the gold-standard and are conducted on weekend and weekdays to capture variations in intake, although this may not translate during hospitalisation. The present study aimed to determine whether oral intake differs between weekends and weekdays in hospitalised patients. METHODS: For adult patients initially admitted to the intensive therapy unit with a moderate-severe head injury over a 12-month period, WFR were conducted each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday througho..

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Funding Acknowledgements

AMD has received honoraria for participation on Clinical Advisory Board to treat nutritional insufficiency (Medtronic). This research was funded by an Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN) small project grant and a Neurosurgical Research Foundation grant. The first author was supported by an Australian Post-Graduate Award and Royal Adelaide Hospital Dawes Top-Up Scholarship.