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‘We are all time poor’: is routine nutrition screening of older patients feasible?

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Abstract


  • Background

    Despite clinical guidelines that recommend routine nutrition screening of older patients, this does not generally occur in the Australian general practice setting. This study aimed to identify perceived barriers and opportunities to implementing nutrition screening of older people in general practice.

    Methods

    Twenty-five in-depth individual interviews were conducted with general practitioners, general practice registrars and practice nurses. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Observations were performed to identify opportunities to conduct nutrition screening within general practice workflow.

    Results

    The primary identified barrier to screening related to time constraints, which was further validated by the observational component of the study. The main opportunity for screening was seen to be within the existing Australian Government Medicare Benefits Schedule Primary Care Item, ‘Health assessment for people aged 75 years and older’.

    Discussion

    Incorporation of a validated and short nutrition screening instrument into the existing Health assessment was identified as the most feasible way to encourage the uptake of nutrition screening in general practice.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Hamirudin, A. Haslinda., Charlton, K., Walton, K., Bonney, A., Albert, G., Hodgkins, A., Potter, J., Milosavljevic, M. & Dalley, A. (2013). ‘We are all time poor’: is routine nutrition screening of older patients feasible?. Australian Family Physician, 42 (5), 321-326.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84878361542

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1553&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/540

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 321

End Page


  • 326

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2013/may/time-poor/

Abstract


  • Background

    Despite clinical guidelines that recommend routine nutrition screening of older patients, this does not generally occur in the Australian general practice setting. This study aimed to identify perceived barriers and opportunities to implementing nutrition screening of older people in general practice.

    Methods

    Twenty-five in-depth individual interviews were conducted with general practitioners, general practice registrars and practice nurses. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Observations were performed to identify opportunities to conduct nutrition screening within general practice workflow.

    Results

    The primary identified barrier to screening related to time constraints, which was further validated by the observational component of the study. The main opportunity for screening was seen to be within the existing Australian Government Medicare Benefits Schedule Primary Care Item, ‘Health assessment for people aged 75 years and older’.

    Discussion

    Incorporation of a validated and short nutrition screening instrument into the existing Health assessment was identified as the most feasible way to encourage the uptake of nutrition screening in general practice.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Hamirudin, A. Haslinda., Charlton, K., Walton, K., Bonney, A., Albert, G., Hodgkins, A., Potter, J., Milosavljevic, M. & Dalley, A. (2013). ‘We are all time poor’: is routine nutrition screening of older patients feasible?. Australian Family Physician, 42 (5), 321-326.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84878361542

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1553&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/540

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 321

End Page


  • 326

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2013/may/time-poor/