A Phenomenological Study exploring Healthcare Workers‟ Experiences of Nutrition and Mealtimes in Hospitalised Older Patients
Howarth, Rachel Helen (2012) A Phenomenological Study exploring Healthcare Workers‟ Experiences of Nutrition and Mealtimes in Hospitalised Older Patients. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)
Background: A recent report from the Care Quality Commission showed that 20% of hospitals do not meet the required standards for dignity and nutrition whilst 35% need to make improvements (CQC, 2010). Older people are particularly at risk of malnutrition due to a natural decline in their physiological state and the influence of social and psychological factors. Malnutrition can have serious consequences for older people, often escalating existing health problems and has been linked to an increase in hospital stay and even death.
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