Study published: Eating difficulties affect social life

2021-06-23

A study recently published in Journal of Advanced Nursing has used a systematic mixed methods review to analyze scientific studies about food and mealtimes for patients with chronic life-limiting disease.

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Anna Klarare, Senior Lecturer at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke College and affiliated researcher to U-CARE,
is one of the authors of the article.

Four recurring themes
Out of 3151 identified papers, 24 papers were included in the study. The researchers found four recurring themes: 1) ‘Understanding hampered eating – perhaps it is best to let nature run its course’; 2) ‘Food and meals evoke distress – reducing joy, testing interim ways’; 3) ‘Struggling with food and meals – eating to please others and to postpone death’; and 4) ‘Food and meals as caring and love – flanked by social disconnecting’.

Affecting social life and interactions
In summary, the authors find that food entails potential to remain healthy, improve well-being, and prolong life in times of chronic life-limiting disease. At the same time, eating difficulties are experienced as affecting social life and interactions, which can result in loss of joy around food and mealtimes.

Read the full article “Experiences of food and mealtime from the perspective of patients with chronic life-limiting disease: A mixed-method systematic review”. It is written by Viktoria Wallin, Pernilla Omerov, Elisabet Mattsson, and Anna Klarare.

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