Experiences and needs of patients and caregivers about nutrition care around hospitalization: a thematic analysis.

Looptijd: September 2016 - present
Status (lopend of afgerond): in progress
Kenniscentrum: Research Centre for Healthy and Sustainable Living
Lectoraat: Chronic Illnesses
Betrokken lector: Professor Dr. M.J. Schuurmans
Betrokken onderzoekers: PhD candidate D. ten Cate, Dr. R.G.A. Ettema
Bijbehorend promotieonderzoek: Early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition before and after hospitalization in community-dwelling elderly (D. ten Cate)
Betrokken opleidingen: Bachelor of Nursing
URL website project: Debbie ten Cate


Doel en doelgroep:
Gain insight into the needs and experiences of older patients and informal caregivers about nutritional care around their hospitalization. Examining the current practice from the perspective of older patients and their caregivers is one of the preparatory steps in the development of the nursing nutrition intervention.

Relevantie voor de beroepspraktijk/maatschappelijke relevantie:
This insight provides information about the extent to which patients and informal caregivers are aware of the problem of malnutrition around hospitalization. Awareness of the importance of good nutrition in older patients and their informal caregivers is a relevant subject in relation to the problem of malnutrition. In addition, with support of nurses, self-management of older patients and informal caregivers regarding nutrition and malnutrition may be increased.

Relevantie voor het onderwijs:
Students learn that involving older patients and their informal caregivers in the subject nutrition and malnutrition is important. Needs, input and self-management of older patients and their caregivers are in this respect important themes. Students learn to develop their competencies within the CanMEDS roles Communicator, Collaboration Partner and Health Promotor.

Various partners are involved in this project: University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Research Group Basic Care Revisited, UMC Utrecht, Gelderse Vallei Hospital, St. Antonius Hospital.


Results of this study are used as a building block for the intervention to be developed. Results of the research will be presented at participating organizations and one or more conferences.