Presenting on feeding difficulties at a national conference
Keira Hall, a Dietetics and Nutrition BSc graduate, recently presented her dissertation results at the 2017 annual British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) conference only months after graduating.
“My dissertation looked at feeding difficulties and malnutrition in nursing home residents,” Keira said.
“I found a lower than average risk of malnutrition, however more than half of those studied had moderate to high rates of feeding difficulties. This indicated the importance of recognising feeding difficulties early and intervening, in order to prevent the development of malnutrition which can have negative consequences for patients.”
Commenting on her experience of presenting at the conference, Keira said: “Getting the chance to present at the BAPEN conference made all the hard work feel worth it. It was a chance to present my findings to my fellow professionals which reinforced the fact that I was no longer a student and now a professional!”
Held in Birmingham, the conference brings together a range of professionals in the sector and works to raise awareness and understanding of malnutrition in all settings and provides education, advice and resources to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community.
BAPEN was founded in 1992 to bring together dietitians, doctors, nurses, patients and pharmacists into an integrated and effective organisation dedicated to improving nutritional care.