Nutrition for patients in hospital
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Nutrition for patients in hospital

Patricia O’Regan Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland

The hospital environment with its schedules, tests and procedures can adversely affect a patient’s nutritional intake. Malnutrition has many negative repercussions not only for patients but also for the health service. Nurses have a key role in assessing patients’ nutritional status and needs, providing a comfortable environment for eating and assistance at mealtimes.

Nursing Standard. 23, 23, 35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.


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