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The Allied Health Clinical Research Office

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Malnutrition Research

Judi Porter has led a program of research exploring malnutrition in hospitalised patients since 2010. This included the first Eastern Health malnutrition prevalence audit, followed by clinical trials investigating the effect of higher energy menus, and the implementation of Protected Mealtimes, on the nutritional intake of patients. Qualitative research exploring the mealtime culture and environment has been integral to understanding factors that underpin mealtime practice.

  1. Porter J. The perspectives of patients and their families remain largely unheard in mealtime assistance research. Evidence-based nursing. 2017:ebnurs-2017-102682.
  2. Porter J, Haines T, Truby H. Implementation of protected mealtimes in the subacute setting: stepped wedge cluster trial protocol. Journal of advanced nursing. 2016;72(6):1347-56.
  3. Porter J, Haines TP, Truby H. The efficacy of Protected Mealtimes in hospitalised patients: a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Medicine. 2017;15(1):25.
  4. Porter J, Ottrey E, Huggins CE. Protected Mealtimes in hospitals and nutritional intake: Systematic review and meta-analyses. International journal of nursing studies. 2017;65:62-9.
  5. Porter J, Wilton A, Collins J. Mealtime interruptions, assistance and nutritional intake in subacute care. Australian Health Review. 2015.