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The provision of nutritional advice and care for cancer patients: a UK national survey of healthcare professionals.

Murphy, J. L., Munir, F., Davey, F., Miller, L., Cutress, R., White, R., Lloyd, M., Roe, J., Granger, C., Burden, S.T. and Turner, L., 2020. The provision of nutritional advice and care for cancer patients: a UK national survey of healthcare professionals. Supportive Care in Cancer. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1007/s00520-020-05736-y

Abstract

PURPOSE: People living with and beyond cancer often experience nutrition-related issues and should receive appropriate advice on nutrition that is consistent and evidence based. The aim of this study was to investigate current practice for the provision of nutritional care by healthcare professionals (HCPs) from a UK national survey produced by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration. METHODS: An online survey sent to professional groups and networks included questions on discussing nutrition, providing information, awareness of guidelines, confidence in providing nutritional advice, training and strategies for improving nutritional management. RESULTS: There were 610 HCPs who responded including nurses (31%), dietitians (25%), doctors (31%) and speech and language therapists (9%). The majority of HCPs discusses nutrition (94%) and provides information on nutrition (77%). However, only 39% of HCPs reported being aware of nutritional guidelines, and just 20% were completely confident in providing nutritional advice. Awareness of guidelines varied between the different professional groups with most but not all dietitians reporting the greatest awareness of guidelines and GPs the least (p = 0.001). Those HCPs with a greater awareness of guidelines had received training (p = 0.001) and were more likely to report complete confidence in providing nutritional advice (p = 0.001). CONCLUSION: Whilst HCPs discuss nutrition with cancer patients and may provide information, many lack an awareness of guidelines and confidence in providing nutritional advice. To ensure consistency of practice and improvements in patient care, there is scope for enhancing the provision of appropriate nutrition education and training.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0941-4355
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cancer ; Guidelines ; Healthcare professional ; Nutrition ; Nutritional advice ; Survey
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:34573
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:21 Sep 2020 13:58
Last Modified:21 Sep 2020 13:58

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