Author: Torrence, Sarah Elizabeth University: Northern Illinois University Title: Pureed diets in a long-term care setting: Does use of pre-shaped pureed foods increase consumption?
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Important Study Shows Shaped Puree Increases Food Consumption
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Abstract (summary): The purpose of this study was to determine if providing pre-shaped puree foods improved meal intake of residents in a long-term care facility. A pre- and post-test format was followed measuring breakfast, supper and dessert consumption over fifteen days. Ten subjects following a puree diet were recruited from a long-term care facility in Illinois. Statistical data were analyzed using the Wilcoxon Matched Pair Signed-Ranks Test with a significance level of α ≤ 0.05. There were significant increases in consumption of pre-shaped puree food over standard facility prepared puree food for breakfast, Z (N=10) = -2.701, p = .007, supper, Z (N=10) = -2.395, p =.017, and dessert, Z (N=10) = -2.803, p =.005. Based on the findings of this study, the visually appealing pre-shaped puree food improved consumption during meals of residents receiving a puree consistency diet.