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BioMedicine

, 5:17

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The Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) and a nutrition education program for high risk cancer patients: strategies to improve dietary intake in cancer patients

  • Pei-Chun ChaoAffiliated withSchool of Health Diet and Industry Management, Chung Shan Medical UniversityDepartment of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University HospitalDepartment of Parenteral Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital Email author 
  • , Hui-Ju ChuangAffiliated withDepartment of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University HospitalDepartment of Parenteral Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
  • , Li-Yen TsaoAffiliated withDepartment of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University HospitalDepartment of Parenteral Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
  • , Pei-Ying ChenAffiliated withDepartment of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University HospitalDepartment of Parenteral Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
  • , Chia-Fen HsuAffiliated withDepartment of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University HospitalDepartment of Parenteral Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
  • , Hsing-Chun LinAffiliated withDepartment of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University HospitalDepartment of Parenteral Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
  • , Chiu-Yueh ChangAffiliated withDepartment of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University HospitalDepartment of Parenteral Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
  • , Cheau-Feng LinAffiliated withDepartment of Parenteral Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital

Abstract

Four hundred and forty-four high-risk oncology patients with malnutrition participated in this study aimed at assessing the effectiveness of nutrition education on improving an oncology patient’s dietary intake. We used a nutritional risk screening to select oncology patients in need of nutritional care. Team Nutrition provides technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for patients and their caregivers, and support for healthy eating and physical activity to improve their diets and their lives. The average contribution of protein and total energy of each patient increased after imparting the nutritional education to them. Thus, nutritional education is an effective measure to bring about a favorable and significant change in oncology patients’ nutrient intake.

Keywords:

Oncology Malnutrition Nutrition education