Author: Ray S, Laur C, Rajput Ray M, Gandy J, and Schofield S Publication Year: 2012
Summary: It is estimated that 1 in 3 hospital patients in the UK is affected by malnutrition. Increased awareness of the problem could help prevent hospital malnutrition. To this end an intervention,‘Nutrition Education Workshop for Tayside Doctors’ (NEWTayDoc) was piloted at Ninewells Medical School.
Description: One in 3 patients in the UK is predicted to be at risk of malnutrition. [1-3]. Malnutrition is defined as ‘a state of nutrition in which a deficiency, excess or imbalance of energy, protein, and other nutrients causes measurable adverse effects on tissue/body form (body shape, size, composition) and function and clinical outcomes’ [1].It has been suggested that gaps in medical doctors’ knowledge and skills regarding clinical nutrition may be having an effect on hospital malnutrition [5].
The Council of Europe Alliance (CoE), and the General Medical Council (GMC) have recommended nutrition education for all junior doctors [6]. Other pilot projects have not included junior doctors and few initiatives have considered thescalability or affordability of training.The aim of the NEWTayDoc was to conduct a pilot education intervention aimed at forming the basis for developing a wider reaching programme, targeting late-stage medical students or junior doctors.

Additional inforamtion about this study
The paper entitled, Planning Nutrition Education Interventions for the Medical Workforce: ‘Nutrition Education Workshop for Tayside Doctors’ (NEWTayDoc) - A pilot project to inform development of the Need for Nutrition Education Programme (NNEdPro), outlines the pilot project used to develop the Need for Nutrition Education Programme. The framework for developing this programme is described in the linking article, Short but effective educational interventions in medicine and healthcare – lessons learnt from the ‘Need for Nutrition Education Programme’. It is useful for these articles to be read together as they each represent different but complementary aspects of NNEdPro work. Further information on NNEdPro can be found at www.nnedpro.org.uk.

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