Survey of Home Parenteral Nutrition Programs in Canada
Volume 2016: (1)Page 6-8
Home parenteral nutrition is a life saving therapy but tempered by significant risks. Nutrition support teams provide expertise in the delivery and monitoring of the nutritional state and complications while on therapy. In Canada, no guidelines exist for staffing of nutritional support teams or policies regarding care delivery in home parenteral nutrition programs. Methods:
We surveyed eight home parenteral nutrition programs across Canada. Six programs participated. Descriptive statistics were used to describe results.
The results of the HPN survey revealed a wide variation in policies, staffing and funding of HPN programs across Canada. The results showed variable policies on the presence of size limitations, waiting lists, and prioritization of patients. There are significant variations in allocation of staff time to the HPN programs as well as variation in coverage for staff of the HPN team.
This data supports the need for pan-Canadian guidelines for standardization of staffing and resource allocation for home parenteral nutrition programs.
Ø The author declares no conflict of interest
Ø Adam Rahman MD MSc FRCPC1,2,3 , Melissa Holdren1 , David Armstrong MBBS FRCPC4 .
1 Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada 2 Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada 3Program of Experimental Medicine, Western University. 4Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
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Adam Rahman MD MSc (EPID) FRCPC, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Western University firstname.lastname@example.org, 268 Grosvenor St. London, Ontario, N6A 4V2, Room B0-689, St. Joseph’s Health Centre
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