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Clinical Nurtiution health
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Clinical Nutrition Health Introduction The case discussion is about a 48 years old woman Anita who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Anita works at a local bakery and it is a part time job. Anita also suffers from depression, nausea and repeated mouth abscess for which she is receiving treatment.
In this essay, dietary and nutritional assessment of the patient will be performed and the extent of malnutrition will be ascertained based on the evaluation. Interactions with other health care professionals and strategies to tackle malnutrition will be discussed. Dietary and Nutritional Assessment Dietary assessment has become an integral part of clinical evaluation and nursing assessment. Good nutrition is not only important for preventing disease, but also for comprehensive management of a patient (Beerman, 2009). Anita takes soft white bread and peppermint tea for her breakfast. Peppermint tea actually contributes towards weight loss (Wolinsky, 2010). For lunch she takes white bread, margarine and yogurt, but the yogurt is low-calorie one and will not contribute towards her calorie intake. For dinner, Anita takes mashed potato, baked white fish and baked beans. But she does not always finish her dinner because of her poor appetite, nausea, depression and mouth abscesses. Her evening diet consists of semi-skimmed milk, digestive biscuit and some horlicks, which have proteins and carbohydrates, but not to a good extent because in the milk, proteins are removed. From what we can see from Anita's’s 24 hour food recall, the total calorie intake is about 1000 kcal, shortcoming of her requirement. ...
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