Nutritional management of cystic fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand

Susannah Jane King, Clare E Collins, Tory Crowder, Angela G Matson, Evelyn Volders

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Aim: To document current practice in the nutritional management of cystic fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand and to examine changes in practice since 1996. Methods: Thirty-four cystic fibrosis services in Australia and New Zealand responded to a survey that examined current nutritional management practices and dietetic staffing levels. The questionnaire was based on a previous survey conducted in 1996. Results: Cystic fibrosis dietetic staffing levels were low. No service met the staffing level recommended by the UK Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Minor practice variations existed in nutrition assessment and monitoring: nutrition support and vitamin supplementation. Changes in the management of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes were reported since 1996. Conclusion: This survey highlights that improvements in consistency of nutrition management have been achieved since 1996 and reflect adherence to available clinical guidelines for pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy. While there are many areas of agreement in nutrition care for people with cystic fibrosis around Australia and New Zealand, there are still practice differences, implying that Australian- and New Zealand-specific clinical guidelines are warranted. The implementation of the Australasian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis will be important in standardising and improving cystic fibrosis care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253 - 258
Number of pages6
JournalNutrition and Dietetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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