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Factors influencing the choice of oral nutritional supplements prescribed by Swedish dietitians
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.
2016 (English)In: ABSTRACT BOOK, Complete. The 11th NORDIC NUTRITION CONFERENCE NNC2016: “Bridging nutrition sciences for better health in the Nordic countries” / [ed] Food & Nutrition Research, 2016, Vol. 60, 31961Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background and aims: Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) are commonly used in combination with dietary changes when treating disease-related malnutrition. In Sweden ONS are primarily prescribed by registered dietitians and subsidized by county councils, and there are no standardized guidelines for prescription. The aim of this study was to examine factors influencing the choice of ONS prescriptions.

Methods: A newsletter with a link to an online survey was e-mailed to 1480 members of The Swedish Association of Clinical Dietitians (DRF) as well as to other dietitians with contact details on the DRF´s webpage.

Results: A total of 133 dietitians, from 17 out of 21 county councils working in various settings, answered the survey. When asked to choose from alternatives of important influencing factors for ONS prescription the three most frequently selected were, patient taste preferences (96 %), nutritional requirements (93%), and medical diagnosis (85 %). Those were followed by, dietitian’s previous experiences of successful ONS (76 %), local procurements (62 %), food allergy and intolerance (53 %), price (23 %), dietitian taste preferences (15 %), and other alternatives (8 %). Over half (52 %) of the dietitians rated patient taste preferences as the single most influential factor when prescribing ONS. Although, 51% stated that patients were seldom or otherwise not provided with the opportunity to taste ONS before prescription. Onethird (35%) of the dietitians stated that representatives from ONS companies impact their choice for prescription.

Conclusion: Patient taste preferences and nutritional requirements, were found to be the most important influencing factors for prescribing ONS. In conjunction, it was also found that many patients seldom get the opportunity to try ONS before prescription.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 60, 31961
Keyword [en]
Oral nutritional supplements, Dietitian, Malnutrition
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-299968DOI: 10.3402/fnr.v60.31961OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-299968DiVA: diva2:950612
Conference
11th Nordic Nutrition Conference Gothenburg 20-22 June 2016
Available from: 2016-08-01 Created: 2016-08-01 Last updated: 2016-08-01Bibliographically approved

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