Effect of an Evidence-Based Nutrition Care Pathway for Cancer Patients Undergoing Gastrointestinal and Pelvic Surgery
Elise Den, Belinda Steer, Phoebe Quinn, Nicole Kiss
NUTRITION AND CANCER-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020
Malnutrition in gastrointestinal surgery is associated with poorer post-operative outcomes which may be mitigated by delivery of evidence-based nutrition care. This study reports on the development, implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based nutrition care pathway for lower gastrointestinal and pelvic cancer patients. A retrospective cohort study of 40 surgical lower gastrointestinal and pelvic cancer patients pre- and post-implementation of the pathway was conducted. Outcomes assessed were, care pathway adherence, weight change, time to post-operative commencement of nutrition, and post-operative length of stay. Post-implementation of the pathway there were significant improvements ..View full abstract
The authors would like to thank the surgical multidisciplinary team at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for their support with implementation of the care pathway.