Nutrition in the hospital

This research area focuses on improving the nutrition care processes and food intake of patients in hospital and through their transitions back into the community. Current research projects include, More-2-Eat, which involves implementation of the Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care in five hospitals to improve diets among frail older adults. This implementation project will not only demonstrate that the pathway is feasible, from a personnel and resource perspective, but also that patient reported outcomes, such as food intake, barriers to food intake, and quality of life are improved with this pathway. Implementation involves family, patient and staff education on the importance of nutrition to recovery as well as changing care processes in the hospital so that malnutrition is prevented, identified and treated. The Canadian Malnutrition Task Force is an important partner in this work.