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Improving Meal Consumption

Improving meal consumption


Professor Stephen Lewis, Consultant Gastroenterologist has developed a study in collaboration with Dr Paula Murphy and Louise Cleary to see if appetite can be increased through appearance.


Based on reports that meal satisfaction varies between hospitals despite the use of the same caterers, participants will rate photographs of hospital food served on a variety of crockery. The most popular choice will then be used as a comparison with the hospitals standard crockery.


Patients who will be in hospital for more than 2 days will be invited to participate in receiving their meals on both the hospitals standard crockery, and the trial crockery. To determine whether different crockery can increase appetite, participants will complete satisfaction surveys and meals will be photographed and weighed before and after lunch service.


The study will consist of 130 participants and results are expected within the next two years.

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