Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
George Liepa Ph.D.
John Carbone Ph.D., R.D.
Mary Anne Gorman Ph.D., R.D., L.D., FADA
Background: While nursing homes in Oklahoma are required to utilize a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Qualified Nutritionist, there are no specifications for minimum utilization. Objectives: Investigate how Oklahoma nursing homes determine RD utilization and whether a relationship exists between resident census and RD availability. Design: Questionnaires focused on RD work patterns were sent to 150 Oklahoma nursing homes.
Results: Nursing homes with a resident census of 50, 51-100, and 101 employed a RD for approximately 7. 9, 7.3, and 56.3 hours/month, respectively. The RD is the primary decision maker in determining hours worked, followed closely by corporate staff and governmental guidelines. A minority of nursing homes take into account patient medical status when considering RD utilization.
Conclusions: A direct relationship exists between resident census and RD utilization. The RD plays an influential role in determining monthly RD utilization. Patient medical status should play a larger role in determining RD availability.
Bacon, Kyla, "Relationship between nursing home size and their dietetic support effort" (2011). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 364.