Monthly Archives: September 2016

What should we be eating, and advising patients to eat?

What should we be eating? by Dr Andrew Weil

Andrew Weil does a fantastic job of summarising what we should be eating and why in this presentation at the College of Medicine entitled, ‘What should we be eating?’.

What should we be eating? Dr Andrew Weil

There won’t be any surprises here for those of you who have been staying up to date with advances in nutrition science (basically, the Mediterranean diet is good for you) but Dr Weil’s delivery is well thought out, succinct and persuasive – so whether this is new to you or revision, a very worthwhile 40 minutes. The next question after ‘What should we be eating?’ is, ‘How do we get patients to eat more healthily?’ Well, we know that’s a tough nut to crack, but what better place to start than to be persuaded that our growing understanding of what it means to eat healthily also embraces getting pleasure from food. Cheers to that!


Role for nutrition in enhanced recovery for hip/knee replacement? RCN Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing International Conference

A review of the literature related to the role of nutritional supplementation for an enhanced recovery pathway for hip and knee replacement
by Branney, J*., Wainwright T.W.**, Dyall S.*, Middleton R.G.*
*Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University
**Orthopaedic Research Institute, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Delighted to present this work at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing International Conference and Exhibition, 8-9 September 2016, Cardiff, Wales. Headline? At present, the evidence base does not support the use of nutritional supplementation in enhanced recovery after surgery pathways for hip/knee replacement. To find out more (full size poster), click here.

I’d be delighted to hear from anyone involved with any enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway, particularly in orthopaedics, who has views on this, particularly those who have any practice and/or research experience related to the role of nutrition in ERAS pathways.