Journal article

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

Abstract

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 ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the surgical multidisciplinary team at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for their support with implementation of the care pathway.