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The development and evaluation of a nurse led food intolerance clinic in primary care

Ogden, J, Leftwich, J and Nelson, M (2011) The development and evaluation of a nurse led food intolerance clinic in primary care Patient Education and Counseling, 85 (2). e1 - e5. ISSN 0738-3991

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Abstract

Objective To develop a clinic for patients who believe they have a food intolerance that could be administered by practice nurses with minimal experience of dietary change or food intolerance. Methods The clinic consisted of 1 week baseline, 2 weeks healthy eating plan (HE), 2 weeks wheat and dairy free plan (WD). Patients were discharged after the HE plan if their symptoms had improved, otherwise they continued onto the WD plan. Following training 4 nurses ran 4 clinics across the UK. Results 281 patients with perceived food intolerance were recruited. The most common symptoms were bowel symptoms, tiredness, stomach symptoms, and headaches. Of those who completed the programme (n=150), the majority were discharged after the HE plan as their symptoms had improved (n=106, 70.6%). A third also completed the WD plan (n=44, 29%). Symptoms, mood and quality of life improved significantly by the end of the intervention. WD showed added value as symptoms showed further improvement. Conclusion There was a need for the clinic although not on a full time basis. Symptoms improved following both the HE and WD plans. Practice implications A simple dietary based intervention may help relieve symptoms in those who believe they have a food intolerance.

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Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Patient Education and Counseling. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Patient Education and Counseling, 85 (2), November 2011, DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2010.10.020. Elsevier.
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 17:26
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/27631

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