Nursing Studies - Diet Therapy - Revised 2018

Help your patient recover faster by learning about the key elements of diet therapy taught in this free online course.

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A well-nourished person is more likely to have a positive outlook, be mentally and physically alert, and better able to resist infectious diseases. This is why patients staying in a hospital are given the most appropriate diet to aid their recovery. This free online nursing course teaches the importance of diet therapy and discusses intestinal, bowel, and food-related diseases, so that you can get fully up to speed.




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This course will first introduce you to the importance of diet therapy when treating patients. You will look into the three important functions of nutrients within the body and learn that diet therapy is individualised and is frequently the primary therapy in itself. The course will discuss the factors which influence a patient's food choice and eating patterns, such as religion, emotional aspects, fads, and financial considerations to name a few.

You will then study the three factors which form the basis of care as well as the three general groups of organic diseases of the intestine. The course will also cover the three basic approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies. You will also learn the importance of mealtimes in a patient's long day, as well as how a patient's diet plays an integral part in their overall treatment plan.

Every nurse needs to be familiar with diet prescription and its therapeutic purpose, as well as be able to relate the diet to body functions and the conditions being treated for the benefit of the patient. This Nursing Studies - Diet Therapy course is designed to teach you everything you need to know on this vital topic. If you want to help your patients to get the right nutrients to combat diseases, take this course today and learn what you need in just a few short hours!

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • List factors which influence eating patterns.
  • Create a specialised diet when given a list of the diet contents.
  • Discuss how a therapeutic diet can support a patient's recovery and maintain a healthy body.
  • Identify the role of the registered dietitian and their responsibility for the patient's nutritional care.
  • Identify diets to meet patients' diverse medical and recovery needs.
  • Cite a specialised diet when given a description of the diet contents.
  • Identify the responsibilities of the practical nurse in relation to diet therapy.
  • Identify factors which may alter a patient's food intake due to illness.
  • Identify reasons that hospitalised patients are at risk of being malnourished.


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