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J Can Diet Assoc. 1983 Jul;44(3):252-8.

Development of a nutritional care plan for diabetic patients.


A nutritional care plan, encompassing all aspects of nutritional assessment, education, and follow-up was designed and implemented at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The care plan was developed in response to the results of an audit on nutritional care of diabetic patients. It was designed to assure referral of all diabetic patients to clinical dietitians, set standards for care and its documentation, provide a teaching tool, and enhance communication between inpatient and outpatient nutrition services. The care plan was developed by the authors in committee and approved by the clinical dietitians and the medical staff at the Victoria General Hospital. The care plan format is described in detail. It has been in effect since March, 1982 with positive feedback reported by clinical dietitians. Reevaluation of care, charting, and referrals to outpatient nutrition services are planned. Additional care plans on other nutritional topics are planned for the future.

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