Dietetic practices in hemodialysis units in Lebanon and their conformity with KDOQI nutrition guidelines

M. Karavetian, H. Elzein, H. Nahla, N.K. de Vries

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Background: In Lebanon, HD units are exclusively hospital based, and most hospitals have only one dietitian performing all nutrition related activities in the hospital. This study investigated current dietetic practices and their conformity with Kidney Disease Quality Outcomes Initiative (KDOQI) nutrition guidelines in HD units, Lebanon.
Methods: National cross-sectional survey, using an anonymous 36 item, self-administered questionnaire, collected from all dietary departments of hospital based HD units in Lebanon (n=55). .The questionnaire included: 1) demographics and professional characteristics; 2) knowledge of KDOQI nutrition guidelines; 3) level of implementation of KDOQI guidelines in assessing and estimating nutritional needs. Descriptive statistics was used.
Results: The response rate was 71%, 97% were female, 82% were within the age of 21-34, 67% were full timers in the hospitals and 85% worked ≤10 hours per week in HD units. Minimum educational level was Bachelor of Science yet none had a specialty. Almost 50% had

Conclusions: The study identified a low conformity with KDOQI guidelines among dietitians managing HD patients in Lebanon. HD units in Lebanon can possibly improve their patients’ outcomes by providing dietitians with sufficient time, knowledge, empowerment and training based on the KDOQI nutrition guidelines
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalInternational Journal of Health & Nutrition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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