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Implementation of a Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

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Did you know that 45% of hospitalized patients are at risk for malnutrition? Help implement an approach to nutrition care that meets patients’ needs!

Open to: Patient partners from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

Lead Organization or Department

Providence Health Care, Clinical Nutrition


Providence Health Care is embarking on a project to implement the Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care (INPAC) pathway that has been developed by the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. Research shows that in Canada, up to 45% of hospitalized patients are malnourished. The INPAC pathway is a standardized way to identify, diagnose and treat malnutrition in hospitals, but it needs to be adapted and feasible to use at Providence Health Care. Components include nutrition screening (asking questions about appetite and weight loss), nutrition assessment (more detailed questions and physical assessment), and approaches to meal times, monitoring, hospital diets and other nutrition interventions. We are looking for a patient partner to provide feedback on specific aspects of the pathway and inform us about how patients might be active participants in the pathway.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in decision making, developing alternatives, and solutions and include your recommendations into the decision as much as possible.


  • Experience in acute care as a patient or family member. Preference for experience with an admission greater than one week preferred or repeat admissions.
  • Comfortable talking about experiences during hospital admission.
  • Please note that this is not limited to those who may have experienced a nutrition-related issues or concern, as everyone admitted to the hospital eats!
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session and signed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested, please contact the engagement leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Participation will be from March through September.
  • Meetings will likely be on a monthly basis, schedule to be determined.


Expenses related to travel (i.e. transit, parking up to $18/day, approved mileage) to attend the session will be reimbursed by Providence Health Care.


This opportunity is part of a two year project (implementation and then evaluation). We will be implementing components of the INPAC pathway and see a patient or family member as key partner. We have a group of 5 dietitians initiating this project but we will be engaging with other health care practitioners and services to best translate the pathway to our context at Providence Health Care. For more information about INPAC, please visit:

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Karen Estrin
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast


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