Other research pertinent to the mandate of CMTF
The Mealtime Audit Tool (MAT) – Inter-rater reliability testing of a novel tool for the monitoring and assessment of food intake barriers in acute care hospital patients
The Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospitals (NCCH) study revealed that low food intake from the tray (i.e., ≤ 50%) in medical and surgical patients was an independent risk factor for length of stay (LOS). The Mealtime Audit Tool (MAT) is a staff administered assessment tool to identify FI barriers for individual patients.
The My Meal Intake Tool (M-MIT): Validity of a patient self-assessment for food and fluid intake at a single meal
The Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospitals (NCCH) study revealed that medical and surgical patients who ate ≤ 50% of the food provided to them was an independent risk factor for length of stay (LOS). Poor intake can lead to iatrogenic malnutrition, even in well-nourished patients and 20% of patients’ who stayed more than seven days did regress nutritionally. Dietitians typically will use “calorie counts” to determine if a patient consumes enough protein and calories to support recovery. However, calorie counts cannot be completed for all patients and busy nursing staff may not consistently complete the forms.