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- How many meals and snacks do you eat in a 24-hour period?
- What kinds of foods do not you like?
- Which medications are you taking that are affected by food?
- Do you use caffeine?
The nutrition portion of the assessment is very important to determine if the patient is healthy or if he has any issues with intake of food and nutrients that can adversely affect his health. To best assess intake, the nurse should directly ask the patient how many meals and snacks he has had in the past 24 hours. While the other questions may elicit some information, they do not provide a sample of total intake.
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