Brooks College of Health
Master of Science in Health Science: Nutrition (MSH)
Nutrition & Dietetics
NACO controlled Corporate Body
University of North Florida. Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
Dr. Lauri Wright
Dr. Catherine Christie
Dr. Zhiping Yu
Dr. Judith Rodriguez
Dr. Curt Lox
In 2012 the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and the American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (ASPEN) published a consensus statement outlining the clinical characteristics recommended for the diagnosis of adult malnutrition, specifically undernutrition. The Academy and ASPEN recognized the need to standardize the approach to identify, diagnose and document malnutrition. There continues to be growing awareness that malnutrition plays a significant role on health outcomes and on the course of treatment for patients. The high prevalence of malnutrition at hospital admission identifies the need for more awareness, recognition and treatment at an earlier stage, such as primary care or an outpatient setting. The primary objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a malnutrition education program implemented in the outpatient clinics at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics in Tampa, FL. The education program involved hands-on Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Workshop training for outpatient dietitians, education to outpatient dietitians regarding policies and procedures for improved identification and documentation of malnutrition, and education to primary care physicians at a formal staff meeting and team meetings and huddles. The Ambulatory Care Nutrition Section Chief recognized the need for further nutrition focused physical exam (NFPE) training for outpatient dietitians and general malnutrition training to outpatient providers. The interventions implemented as part of the malnutrition education program in the outpatient setting at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics showed statistically significant, desired outcomes as indicated by improvements in outpatient dietitian confidence levels with performing NFPE and statistically significant associations between fiscal year and presence of malnutrition codes to evaluate effectiveness of training for both dietitians and primary care physicians.
Armendinger, Chelsey Lauren, "Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Malnutrition Education Program in the Outpatient Setting" (2018). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 803.