University of Hertfordshire

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
EventBDA Research Symposium 2015 - The Studio Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Dec 20152 Dec 2015


ConferenceBDA Research Symposium 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom


Malnutrition among the community-dwelling elderly population is frequently under-recognised. In particular, recipients of meals-on-wheels (MOW) are more likely to have poor nutritional status(1). MOW provides hot meals to those in need and may also have a role of increasing social contact, stimulating a renewed interest in food and regularising meal times(2). Whilst MOW delivery drivers receive little or no training to recognise malnutrition, due to their daily visits and a relationship with clients built on the provision of food, an extension of their role to recognise and report the poor nutritional status of their clients may be feasible. This study aims to explore the current role of MOW delivery drivers and their potential to identify clients at risk of malnutrition.


Jane McClinchy, Emmy West, ‘A qualitative study of the role of meals-on-wheels delivery drivers and their potential for recognising elderly clients at risk of poor nutritional status’, Special Issue: Abstracts from the 2015 BDA Research Symposium, 2 December 2015, Birmingham, UK, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Vol. 29 (S1): 40-63, March 2016. DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12367. © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of The British Dietetic Association Ltd.

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