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The use of finger foods in care settings: An integrative review.

Heelan, M., Prieto, J., Roberts, H., Gallant, N., Barnes, C. and Green, S. M., 2020. The use of finger foods in care settings: An integrative review. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 33 (2), 187-197.

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DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12725


Background: Reduced food intake is prevalent in people in residential and hospital care settings. Little is known about the use of finger-foods, (foods eaten without cutlery), to increase feeding independence and food intake. The Social Care Institute for Excellence (1) recommends the use of finger foods to enable mealtime independence and to prevent loss of dignity and embarrassment when eating in front of others. The aim of this review is to identify and evaluate existing literature regarding the use and effectiveness of finger foods among adults in health and social care settings. Methods: An integrative review methodology was used. A systematic search of electronic databases for published empirical research was undertaken in October 2018. Following screening of titles and abstracts, the full text of publications, which investigated outcomes associated with the provision of finger foods in adult care settings, were retrieved and assessed for inclusion. Two independent investigators conducted data extraction and quality assessment using Critical Appraisal Skills Programme checklists. Thematic analysis was used to summarise the findings. Results: Six studies met the inclusion criteria. Four themes were identified: Finger food menu implementation; Importance of a team approach; Effect on nutrition and Influence on wellbeing. Study designs were poorly reported, with small sample sizes. Conclusions: There is some evidence that provision of finger foods may positively affect patient outcomes in long-term care settings. There is a paucity of research evaluating the use of a finger food menu in acute care settings, including economic evaluation. Future high quality trials are required.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Funding Information Medirest
Uncontrolled Keywords:Finger foods; care setting; adults; integrative review
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:33043
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:15 Nov 2019 15:48
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:18


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