Differing Experiences of Nutrition Care During Treatment Among Oncology Nurses, Providers, and Patients

Dolores D. Guest

Shoshana Adler Jaffe

Lori A. Lelii

Ellen Burgess

Mikaela Kosich

Vernon Shane Pankratz

Ursa Brown-Glaberman

Andrew L. Sussman

Bernard Tawfik

healthcare delivery, nutrition therapy, health disparities, underserved patients
CJON 2023, 27(6), 653-662. DOI: 10.1188/23.CJON.653-662

Background: Provision of nutrition care for patients with cancer represents a key component of holistic oncology care. However, information is limited about the use and perceptions of registered dietitian–led nutrition care in the oncology setting.

Objectives: This study aimed to better understand the experiences and expectations of patients and healthcare workers regarding nutrition care during outpatient cancer treatment.

Methods: Oncology care team members (N = 55) and patients (N = 90) completed a survey about their knowledge of and interest in nutrition care. A subset of participants completed semistructured interviews to capture experiences with and perspectives on nutrition care practices.

Findings: The majority of patients (n = 73) reported experiencing at least one nutrition impact symptom, but only 14 indicated that they frequently discussed nutrition during provider visits. In addition, 40 oncology care team members indicated frequently discussing nutrition at visits, although 13 were unaware of local nutrition resources.

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