Live Virtual Presentation Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting 2020

Variations in perioperative nutrition care in Upper GI cancer: findings from the Australia wide NOURISH study  (#66)

Irene Deftereos 1
  1. Department of Surgery, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Prevention of malnutrition and provision of nutrition support are strongly recommended for patients with upper gastrointestinal (UGI) cancer to optimise outcomes. However, there is a limited understanding of the nutritional status of patients undergoing surgery in Australia, and the perioperative nutritional management that patients receive. The NOURISH point prevalence study aimed to ascertain this information and determine if variations in nutrition care exist for UGI patients across states and care settings. The study was conducted at 27 tertiary hospitals across 6 states between September 2019 and May 2020. Data on nutritional status and perioperative nutrition intervention were collected from 201 UGI cancer patients undergoing curative resection, and dietitians reported information regarding site-specific nutrition support practices and care pathways. This presentation will report on the findings of this study.