Patient safety and nutrition: is there a connection?

  • Christina Nieuwoudt
Keywords: dietetic students, Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire, Eating Attitudes Test 26, body mass index, eating behaviour, eating disorders


Nutrition care is not always recognised as a patient safety issue. This article explores the origins of the patient safety initiative and seeks to identify possible connections between nutrition care and patient safety. Examples of tools that can be used to improve the safety of nutrition care are provided. This is also a call to action as patient safety data for nutrition care in the South African context are lacking and much can be learned from worldwide patient safety initiatives.

Author Biography

Christina Nieuwoudt
Registered Dietitian Part-Time Lecturer University of Pretoria; Past Chairperson Al Rahba Hospital Patient Safety Committee Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
How to Cite
Nieuwoudt, C. (2013). Patient safety and nutrition: is there a connection?. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 27(3), 102-105. Retrieved from
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