Altered eating: a definition and framework for assessment and intervention.



Burges Watson, DL ORCID: 0000-0002-5791-9670, Lewis, S, Bryant, V, Patterson, J, Kelly, C, Edwards-Stuart, R, Murtagh, MJ and Deary, V
(2018) Altered eating: a definition and framework for assessment and intervention. BMC nutrition, 4. 14 - ?.

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Abstract

<h4>Background</h4>Eating can be a significant challenge for cancer survivors; however, to date there is no systematic way of assessing and addressing food related quality of life in this group. The purpose of our study was to develop a framework for doing so.<h4>Methods</h4>Over the course of 6 years in participant-led food workshops, we worked alongside 25 head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors and their partners, employing video-reflexive ethnographic (VRE) methods. The current study reports on data from the two summative workshops of this series where we worked with participants to cohere the emergent themes. Video and transcripts were reviewed and coded with participants and stakeholders according to domains of life that were affected by food. Three of the authors, one of whom is both survivor and researcher, arrived at the consensus framework.<h4>Results</h4>Seven areas of life were identified as affecting, or being affected by, altered eating. Three were physiological: <i>anatomical, functional</i> and <i>sensory</i>. Two captured the <i>cognitive</i> and <i>behavioural</i> labour of eating. <i>Social life and identity</i> were altered. The foregoing had an enduring <i>emotional impact.</i><h4>Conclusions</h4>Altered eating has physical, emotional and social consequences. The altered eating framework provides a systematic way of exploring those consequences with individual survivors. This framework has the potential to improve both the assessment and treatment of altered eating, to benefit food-related quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 14:48
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2022 20:59
DOI: 10.1186/s40795-018-0221-3
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40795-018-0221-3
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3124375