Posts by Meghan Mallouk

Throw Back Thursday: Hospital Food, Patient Satisfaction and Diabetes

Last year on June 24, 2013, Dr. Brad Flansbaum blogged about an article in Kaiser Health news about hospitals improving food options in order to increase their patient satisfaction scores. In light of November being Diabetes Awareness Month, I wanted to bring Brad’s post back into the spotlight. Patient nutrition is critically important for a patient’s recovery, and I'm especially mindful of this as my grandmother was a diabetic. It’s important for hospitals to make a concerted effort to provide quality, healthy foods to: Encourage healthy eating for patients who may not have good habits. It's an opportunity to think about what dietary interventions might work to change behavior during a patient's brief inpatient stay. Give patients the best possible chance for recovery. Patients might benefit from additional resources to reduce/prevent readmissions and expedite recovery. I speak from experience with my 89-year-old grandmother who was hospitalized in the ICU about six…