We are studying how Jefferson’s Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) program has impacted biometric variables in program participants. These variables include body weight, HgA1C, lipids, and blood pressure (BP). My poster will focus on the impact of Jefferson’s MNT on blood pressure. My hypothesis is that participation in MNT will result in reduced blood pressure.
The target population is patients who have participated in Jefferson’s MNT program. Study exclusion criteria included history of gastric bypass surgery, medical conditions or medication usage that might impact weight loss and other dependent variables. Data was abstracted from patients’ medical records, as well as from Jefferson MNT files describing when participants began and finished the program. In order to ensure consistency in the chart review process, medical students working on the project have had to demonstrate 95% accuracy in data entry before abstracting charts independently. Formal data analysis will be conducted once enough chart reviews have been performed. The goal is to have data for 8 to 10 patients for the initial study pilot.
Though we are still in the process of obtaining results, preliminary analysis of 12 female and 1 male patients suggests that MNT results in a lowering of dependent variable values.
The significance of our expected results is in the potential of MNT to improve biometric values, thereby improving health outcomes for patients.
Recommended CitationMcElwee, Connor; Vitale, Jessica; and Cheng, MD, PhD, Cynthia, "Impact of Medical Nutrition Therapy on Blood Pressure" (2021). Phase 1. Paper 85.