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Factors Influencing Nutrition among Patients

Diseases often take a toll on human bodies. This is because they hinder the normal functioning of our bodily systems. The term patient refers to a person who seeks medical care from a qualified medical practitioner. For one to do this, they have to be justifiably unwell and have this verified by the doctor. A patient hence has a condition that inhibits their bodies from functioning properly. Doctors’ help and opinion usually makes this better. This, however, depends on the individual they level of disease resistance and the type of nutrition that is available to them during the period of sickness (Steiner, 2009). This research is geared towards finding the factors that influence patients in their nutrition choices. Nutrition is fundamental in sick people as it determines how well one will be able to build their immunity and fight away the disease causing pathogens.

The questions formulated for this study will touch primarily on the issue of nutrition. They will be directed towards some of the probable causes that affect this variable. To come up with these questions, some inferential analysis of the topic was made hence giving a solid background on the matter.

I.            How old are you?

II.           What disease are you suffering from?

III.          For how long have you had this disease?

IV.         Which class of the economic divide do you fall in? The classes include high income earners, middle income earners and low income earners.

V.            To what extent is your knowledge on nutrition?

These questions were framed in a sensitive way so as to avoid annoying the correspondents. The issue of age may cause some error in data collection due to over or understating of age, but this will be solved by balancing the figures. Direct questions such as amount of income that a person earns have been left out since they may cause correspondents to lie gravely hence nullifying the integrity of the results. Also, since the correspondents are people in a bad state of health, the questions are framed in a friendly way that will ease the atmosphere.

The methodology was effortless since the sample size is quite manageable. The five participants chosen were not strangers hence it was easy to form a relationship. It is not tasking to find sick people in this region. The illnesses ranged from common ones such as flu to a bit complex ones such as brucellosis and typhoid. Given the nature of the questions outlined in the questionnaire, the variables to be collected were straightforward and easily analyzed.

The process of administering questionnaires went without a hitch. Since all the participants were known, there was no need to familiarize with them. Sometimes sick people are hard to handle, but since all the ones used for this study were well known, there were no nasty encounters. The nature of the questions also allowed for openness in their responses. The topic of study is also in touch with their daily lives. People are generally concerned with their health. Since this study touched directly on the matter, it was much simple for the correspondents to be objective on the answers they gave.

The response collected was informative. Most of the patients followed the nutrition plan recommended by their doctor. Some of them did this blindly. None the less, the older patients, were more intent of their nutrition than the younger ones. This could be caused by an increased awareness on the need for proper diet as one gets older. The younger patients were more attracted to junk food an unfortunate behavior that leads to possible obesity and a host of other health related complications. Also, nutrition varied with the disease that one was suffering from, and the required food plan regime that one had to go through in order to get rid of the sickness. For instance, one of the patients who was suffering from brucellosis could not indulge in dairy products. Also, another one who was suffering from flu had to be on a diet of hot soups. This variation cut across many diseases. The more educated correspondents had a better choice of nutrition than the rest of the correspondents. This is because they had come across information reflecting the need for quality nutrition at all times, whether one is healthy or sick.

It was clearly reflected in the study that patients from the higher income bracket practiced better nutritional behavior than the others. Access to specialized care or readily available dietary substitutes is a probable cause. This gives the rich people an added advantage over the rest since they can afford better care than the others. For purposes of equality in the data presented for final analysis, this question was framed to reflect the availability of nutritional substitute in the correspondents’ diets. This way, each person had a chance to choose the nutritional value package that was workable for all of them. The rich would go for expensive nutrients while others would go for affordable ones such as fruits and vegetables.

This study brought out a fresher side of disease control that is needed in the society. This is so, especially in the cases of food related illnesses such as diabetes and obesity. With these lifestyle diseases showing a consistent rise in trend, it is imperative for the government to formulate ways for curtailing them (Hauschka, 2002). This should apply to all illnesses that can be controlled by better nutrition. It will not only save the government money on the healthcare front it will also result into a healthier and more productive workforce.

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