The contribution of registered dietitians in the management of hyperemesis gravidarum in the united kingdom

Kate Maslin*, Hazel Billson, Caitlin Dean, J C Abayomi

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Abstract

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a condition at the extreme end of the pregnancy sickness spectrum, which can cause poor oral intake, malnutrition, dehydration and weight loss. The aim of this study is to explore the role of Registered Dietitians (RD) in the management of HG in the United Kingdom (UK). A survey was designed and distributed electronically to members of the British Dietetic Association. There were 45 respondents, 76% (n = 34) worked in secondary care hospitals, 11% (n = 5) were in maternal health specialist roles. The most commonly used referral criteria was the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (40%, n = 18), followed by second admission (36%, n = 16). However 36% (n = 16) reported no specific referral criteria. About 87% (n = 37) of respondents did not have specific clinical guidelines to follow. Oral nutrition supplements were used by 73% (n = 33) either ‘sometimes’ or ‘most of the time’. Enteral and parenteral nutrition were less commonly used. There was an inconsistent use of referral criteria to dietetic services and a lack of specific clinical guidelines and patient resources. Further training for all clinicians and earlier recognition of malnutrition, alongside investment in the role of dietitians were recommended to improve the nutritional care of those with HG
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1964
JournalNutrients
Volume13
Issue number6
Early online date8 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • pregnancy sickness
  • pregnancy nutrition
  • gestational malnutrition
  • hyperemesis gravidarum
  • maternal nutrition

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