Identification of current behaviour of homecare and hospital nurses in relation to malnutrition in community-dwelling elderly before and after hospitalization: analysis with the Theoretical Domains Framework and the Behaviour Change Wheel.

Looptijd: April 2017 - present
Status (lopend of afgerond): in progress
Kenniscentrum: Research Centre for Healthy and Sustainable Living
Lectoraat: Chronic Illnesses
Betrokken lector: Professor Dr. M.J. Schuurmans
Betrokken onderzoekers: PhD candidate D. ten Cate, Dr. R.G.A. Ettema
Bijbehorend promotieonderzoek: Early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition before and after hospitalization in community-dwelling elderly (D. ten Cate)
Betrokken opleidingen: Bachelor of Nursing
URL website project: Debbie ten Cate


Doel en doelgroep:
The outcome of the problem analysis concerning malnutrition among the elderly around their hospitalization which is based on three studies (analysis of current practice from the perspective of nurses, the perspective of patients and informal caregivers and the systematic review).

Relevantie voor de beroepspraktijk/maatschappelijke relevantie:
From the problem analysis it can be concluded that the current behaviour of homecare and hospital nurses can be associated with the problem of malnutrition among the elderly around hospitalization. These include a neutral attitude towards malnutrition, moderate knowledge of malnutrition and a low extent of prioritization to malnutrition. The underlying components of this behavior are analyzed and linked to the Theoretical Domains Framework and the Behavior Change Wheel. By gaining insight into this, targeted interventions can be used to change current behaviour.

Various partners are involved in this project: University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Research Group Basic Care Revisited.


Results of this study are used as a building block for the intervention to be developed. Results of the research will be presented at participating organizations and one or more conferences.