BAPEN nutritional measurement tool update: 18th November 2014

Ongoing testing of the BAPEN malnutrition measurement tool has received a total of 167 responses. There are 25 records incomplete.

The feedback from the additional responses this week are in line with themes in the previous testing phase and thus no changes have been made in addition to those outlined below up to the 4th November (which are just included for reference). The survey will continue to be available for testing at the same link as previously:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BAPEN_test

Throughout this testing phase we will be collating suggestions for additional questions for inclusion and then asking testers for their comments on what they would like to see added to the tool. Look out for a survey towards the end of December!

Survey feedback

The run chart below shows the numbers of responses received since the close of the BAPEN conference on the 16th October. An initial spike in responses in the subsequent 10 days has trailed off to a steady stream of 1-10 responses added per day.

Figure 1

Figure 1

In terms of time to complete, feedback indicates that the majority of testers were able to complete the survey under 10 minutes (figure 2).

Figure 2

Figure 2

The majority of testers have found the survey easy or fairly easy to use (figure 3). Additional functionality is available on the web platform to help ensure ease of use and appropriate validation.

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Figure 3

The majority of testers felt the survey was either very relevant or relevant to some extent within their individual context (figure 4).

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Figure 4

Whilst the majority of testers do not feel that that questions need to be added to the survey (figure 5) there are a number of themes that have emerged in addition to those that have already been addressed:

  • Tracking weight change over time
  • Including alternative assessment measures (other than MUST)
  • Source of admission (is the patient moving between care settings)

Figure 5

Figure 5

Changes made in response to first wave of feedback (up to 4th November 2014):

  1. Explicit notes of the following added to the front page of the survey:
    a. This survey is not suitable for surveying patients or clients who are being cared for in their own homes.
    b. This survey is not suitable for surveying patients or clients in an outpatient (clinic) setting.
    c. The tool has been explicitly designed for use with adult patients and clients only.
  2. Deletion of the ‘patient reference’ question
  3. Additional checkbox for oedema in patients/clients who are identified with renal, liver or heart failure diagnoses
  4. Simplification of the questions with regard to weight, and inclusion of a checkbox to indicate whether weight and weight loss has been estimated or not
  5. Addition of an e-mail address field to enable ongoing contact with testers