Food skills of people with a chronic mental illness: The need for intervention

Judi Porter, Sandra Capra, Gary Watson

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This study quantified the food skills of people with a mental illness living in hospital-based care and the community using the Functional Needs Assessment - Nutritional Management Program (Dombrowski 1990). There were clear and marked food skills deficits among people living in hospital-based care. There were no significant differences between the food skills of male and female participants. The deficits that were identified may place patients at nutritional risk if they are moved into community accommodation without appropriate support mechanisms for the provision of food. Recommendations are made for intervention through the implementation of food skills training and incidental learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-404
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

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