Developing and validating a national foodservice standard to prevent malnutrition in hospital

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Speakers: Heather Fletcher, RD and Janice Sorensen, RD, PhD

About one in two patients admitted to Canadian hospitals suffer from malnutrition because they do not eat enough food in relation to their illness. Studies show that improved food service practices can increase food intake in patients at risk of malnutrition, resulting in better recovery and saving costs. There is a need for evidence-based standards for hospital food service to prevent and treat malnutrition across Canada. Such standards could be used to optimise the quality of food and inspire improvements in food service practices in hospitals across Canada. This webinar is an opportunity to learn more about the importance of food service standards and an opportunity to be involved in shaping the future development of Canadian standards. Plans for a project on developing and validating national foodservice standards to prevent malnutrition in Canadian hospitals will be shared. This project was initiated by the Hospital Food Working Group of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. If you work with hospital food service either directly or indirectly (e.g., food service managers, dietitians, nurses and/or physicians), we encourage you to attend. If you would like to know more about the project or have any question, please contact Janice Sorensen (

About the speakers:
Janice Sorensen is a Registered Dietitian originally from Edmonton where she took a BSc in Food Service Business Management from the University of Alberta in 2001 and conducted research investigating patient satisfaction with hospital foodservice at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. She moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2003 to complete a MSc and PhD in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Copenhagen and held research and teaching positions at Aalborg University (Meal Science & Public Health Nutrition) and Metropolitan University College (Global Nutrition & Health). Her research has involved implementation of nutrition risk screening in hospitals across Europe and the Middle East, association between nutritional risk and clinical outcome, food product development to optimise patients' dietary intake and reduction of food waste in the hospital. She recently moved to Vancouver where she is working at Langara College teaching for a CSNM accredited Nutrition & Food Service Management program and is a member of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force.

** Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Thursday, June 22, 2017

Length: 59:08

Type: Video

Last Updated: June 22, 2017

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