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Patients Eat Better in Hospitals If Seated Comfortably

by Julia Samuel on  March 22, 2016 at 9:43 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Patients admitted for any illness often eat poorly, and the reason might be the hospital mealtime environment, finds a new study.
Patients Eat Better in Hospitals If Seated Comfortably
Patients Eat Better in Hospitals If Seated Comfortably
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When investigators observed 601 meals across 4 hospital wards during 2013, they found that mealtime interruptions did not significantly impact patients' meal intake, but how patients were positioned--ideally sitting up or out of bed--and whether they received mealtime assistance in a timely manner had impacts on meal intake.

‘Mealtime interruptions did not significantly impact patients' meal intake, but how patients were positioned made the difference.’
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"Hospital mealtimes can be busy and chaotic for staff and patients alike. This study suggests that focusing on correctly positioning and helping patients with their meal can make a difference to the amount that patients eat, which ultimately may help them on their way to a faster recovery," said Dr. Adrienne Young, lead author of the Journal of Advanced Nursing study.



Source: Eurekalert
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