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Qualitative study—other
Patients’ perspectives on the impact of fasting while in hospital
  1. Cheryle Moss
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Cheryle Moss, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Clayton Campus, Room C1.80, 10 Chancellors Walk (Formerly Building 13C), Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia; Cheryle.Moss{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • This study, which involved qualitative analysis of 12 patients’ experiences of fasting, needs replication internationally. Replication will reveal any consistencies in findings, and assist the development of international perspectives on this common and important clinical practice.

  • Few studies investigate the experiences of patients in fasting. This study investigates two types of fasting that is, ‘repeated’ and ‘prolonged’. Given the findings it will be important to investigate the experience of patients who undergo other types of fasting.

  • There are implications for the person-centred care of patients who are fasting. Personal inquiry into the subjective and meaningful experiences of patients who are fasting while in their care, will help nurses to assess whether the care plan is effective, and what other aspects of care …

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