Johns, N., Hartwell, H. and Morgan, M., 2010. Improving the provision of meals in hospital. The patients’ view point. Appetite, 54 (1), pp. 181-185.
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This study examines the provision of hospital meals from the patients’ viewpoint, with the aim of improving hospital food service. Patients were approached in early 2008 in a National Health Service hospital in the South of England and invited to comment on the good and bad aspects of eating in hospital. Comments were collected in an abbreviated “key word” format which incurred the minimum of bias and allowed emergent themes to be analysed both quantitatively and qualitatively. Seven main themes emerged, of which “food” and “choice” were mentioned most frequently, but had a low ratio (1.8 and 1.7, respectively) of approving over disapproving comments. The next most mentioned theme, “service staff”, showed the highest approving/disapproving ratio (4.8) overall. Less frequent themes were: “meals and lifestyle”, “timing and routine”, “service quality” and “food quantity”. These data, together with qualitative analysis of the responses showed patients’ views of hospital food to be positive, on the whole meeting or surpassing their expectations. However, these expectations were low, the experience of eating in hospital contrasted unfavourably with home, and the meals were at best a distraction from the rigours of hospital treatment. Service staff were positively regarded because they offered an important opportunity for “normal” discourse with a non-medical person. On the basis of the findings, changes are recommended in the management of service staff, menus, food presentation, nutritional intake and patients’ lifestyle. Of these, the first is likely to have most impact on the experience and viewpoint of hospital patients.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Hospital meals; Patients’ meals; NHS; Patients’ perceptions; Food service management|
|Subjects:||Technology > Food Science and Drinks|
|Group:||School of Tourism > International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research|
|Deposited By:||Dr Heather Hartwell|
|Deposited On:||31 Jan 2010 19:38|
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