Nutritional support in patients undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A multicentre survey of the Gruppo Italiano Trapianto Midollo Osseo (GITMO) transplant programmes

Stefano Botti, Sarah Jayne Liptrott, Gianpaolo Gargiulo, Laura Orlando

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Abstract

A survey within Italian haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) programmes was performed, in order to obtain a snapshot of nutritional support (NS) in patients undergoing HSCT. The primary objective was to verify whether an evidence-based practice (EBP) approach to NS was implemented in HSCT centres. A multicentre survey was performed by questionnaire, covering the main areas of NS (screening, treatment planning, monitoring, nutritional counselling, and methods of nutritional support). The results indicated a significant variation between clinical practice and evidence-based guidelines in terms of clinical pathways, decision-making, and care provision regarding NS. Further research is required to identify reasons for the limited application of EBP and measures that may be undertaken to address such issues. Development of a multidisciplinary educational programme in order to raise awareness of the issue should be undertaken.

Original languageEnglish
Article number545
Journalecancermedicalscience
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 2015

Keywords

  • Haematopoietic stem cell transplant
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutritional support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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