Date of Award

Fall 12-14-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Kate Wiley


Objective: To evaluate patient opinions on nutrition's role in cancer treatment and attitudes towards healthy eating before and after working with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Methods: A qualitative study was conducted using a convenience sample of patients in an urban safety net hospital cancer center. Patients completed electronic surveys before and after their 3-month nutrition counseling program, which included 3 thirty minutes sessions with an RDN. Data collection occurred from August 2019 to March 2020.

Results: Pre- and post-intervention surveys were completed by 25 patients. The only statistically significant change was in patients’ report trying to make healthier food choices after the intervention (P=0.002). However, other changes in attitudes and beliefs were likely clinically significant.

Conclusions and implications: Improving nutrition services for this population may improve the quality of patient-centered care and health outcomes in these patients.


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