Video Conferences May Be Effective in Nutritional Intervention of High-Risk Patients With Cancer

“Telenutrition” programs can help high-risk patients who do not otherwise have access to a registered dietician, according to a recent study and program launched at the Carolinas HealthCare System.

When patients with high-risk cancer have limited access to registered dieticians, it may be difficult for them to follow through on a nutrition plan set by their health care team. However, a recent study of a program launched by the Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) in Charlotte, North Carolina, found that telenutrition services can be a beneficial alternative.

“As we started adding the regional sites, we knew that we weren’t going to be able to physically place a dietician out there because we didn’t have a large enough patient population, but we knew that they had a need,” said Michele Szafranski, M.S., R.D., C.S.O., L.D.N., clinical nutrition manager at LCI said in an interview with CURE. Every other Tuesday, Szafranski conducts video conferences with patients who are being treated in one of the Carolinas HealthCare System’s satellite locations.

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