Sjuksköterskans upplevda kunskap, ansvar och utbildning avseende malnutrition inom allmän omvårdnad : En litteraturstudie

by Lernbrink, Frida; Eriksson, Sofia

Abstract (Summary)
The aim of this study was to describe the nurse’s experience of knowledge, responsibility and education about malnutrition in general healthcare. Malnutrition is a scientific term for undernutrition. Malnutrition is a condition that accrue when the intake of energy is not enough for the bodys need during a long time. Illness often brings lower appetit and several conditions provides a higher energy metabolism. Malnutrition is common among inpatients, especially among elderly patients. The chosen method was a litterature review; seven articles met the scientific standards of quality. The result was presented in three themes. The themes were: the nurse’s role and responsibility, education and the nurse’s knowledge about identifying risk-patients. The result showed that there are knowledge gaps in the nurse’s knowledge. The responsibility distribution is unclear between the different professional groups, which give priority to other job assignments and the patients don’t get the healthcare they need. An increased knowledge in nutrition along with clarified guidelines for the responsibility for distribution, malnutrition could be prevented. Fewer malnourished patients would lead to shorter hospital stay. This would result in a better public health and better economical situation in healthcare.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Skövde

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:01/24/2008

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