Thesis / Dissertation

Protein and energy delivery in critically ill adult patients and the impact on nutritional and patient-centred outcomes

Kate Emily Fetterplace, Adam Deane (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Adult patients who survive critical illness are known to be at risk of several adverse health consequences, including substantial muscle loss, impaired muscle function and reduced quality of life. While nutrition interventions for critically ill patients may attenuate muscle loss, this therapeutic approach remains unproven. Evidence published by others over the period of this PhD program challenged the existing orthodoxy that greater overall calorie provision during the acute phase of critical illness improves overall patient outcomes. Accordingly, the PhD candidate specifically investigated the relationship between protein provision in critical illness and patient-centred outcomes. This the..

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