Nutrition in the Older Adult (LLL Live Module Topic 36)
(Saturday 26th November 2016)
Faculty for the day
The faculty included Professor Remy Meier (ESPEN LLL Director), Dr. Orla Crosbie (Chair of IrSPEN’s Education Committee and Consultant Gastroenterologist), Dr. David Robinson (Consultant Geriatrician), Associate Professor Clare Corish (UCD), and Ms. Carmel O’Hanlon (Course Moderator and TLLL certified). The faculty was ably assisted by: Ms. Fiona Rafferty (IrSPEN Education Committee) and Ms. Martina Smyth (IrSPEN Administrator).
Overview of the day
This programme was run by IrSPEN (Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) in association with RCPI (Royal College of Physician of Ireland) and in accordance with ESPEN LLL guidance. The course took place in RCPI Kildare Street, Dublin, on the morning of the 26th November 2016. Topics covered included:
- Epidemiology and consequences.
- Sarcopenia – causes of undernutrition.
- Nutritional screening and assessment.
- Artificial nutrition support.
After the four modules, there were two case studies presented, followed by a test quiz at the end. A total of 45 participants took part in the day, of whom 43 completed the test. One of these participants lived and worked in Switzerland, the remainder were living and working in Ireland. Of the 45 participants, 93% were medical doctors – mainly Gastroenterology Specialist Registrars. There was one dietitian and two nutritionists also in attendance. Of the 43 participants who took the test, 93% passed. Each participant who passed the test received 3 LLL CME credits and a Course Certificate. All doctors who attended from Ireland also received RCPI CME credits.
The course was very well received. Forty participants completed anonymised evaluation forms. All 40 were very positive about their experiences and there was no negative feedback. Participants enjoyed the course and found it beneficial with real potential for impacting on their practice. Participants requested further courses more frequently.