The More-2-Eat Project: We're almost there!
The More-2-Eat (M2E) implementation project has been working with 5 hospitals across Canada over the past year to improve nutrition care. This project is wrapping up in the next few months and it has already been a great success! There have been lots of improvements in the M2E units, and all sites are now conducting nutrition screening and using a standardized assessment tool. We’re also already starting to see some of these improvements being picked up by other units and other hospitals.
The emphasis of this project has always been on encouraging the hospital unit to implement the Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care (INPAC), yet it is up to the champions to decide how to make these changes and where to start. All hospital staff are encouraged to get involved by sharing their opinions and piloting small changes before integrating changes into their practice. We have already seen considerable improvements on these units, many of which are reported to improve patient experience while in hospital.
The M2E project team has learned so much from each of these units, and we look forward to sharing this information with you. Plans are underway for an INPAC Toolkit to be located on the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF) website. This toolkit will have everything that these 5 sites think you need if you want to improve nutrition care in your hospital. Examples of some material include: posters, job descriptions, educational material, photographs to assist with accurate food monitoring, as well as step by step instructions and case examples to help in your progress. Watch the CMTF website as more information becomes available.
For more information, please see the links below:
Canadian Malnutrition Task Force: http://nutritioncareincanada.ca
The Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care (INPAC): http://nutritioncareincanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/M2015253_CMTF_INPAC_TearPad_r7_FINAL.pdf
The Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care (INPAC) research publication: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/14/1/63
The Implementation Plan: Implementing best practice in hospital multidisciplinary nutritional care: an example of using the knowledge-to-action process for a research program. https://www.dovepress.com/implementing-best-practice-in-hospital-multidisciplinary-nutritional-c-peer-reviewed-article-JMDH
NEW: Quality Nutrition Care: Measuring Hospital Staff’s Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices. http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/4/4/79