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Endocrine Abstracts (2020) 72 P1 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.72.P15

UKINETS2020 Poster Presentations (1) (16 abstracts)

Specialist dietetic input in the south wales NET clinic: Patient outcomes

Charlotte Dowd , Catherine Powell , Rebecca Taylor , Kathryn Cook , Jennifer Blackhouse & MS Khan


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK

Background: Nutritional data in NETs is lacking. There are a range of gastrointestinal issues which can be related to the NET, treatment, surgical intervention, or pre-existing diseases1. Many of these can have nutritional consequences or be improved through altering diet with the support of a specialist dietitian.

From October 2018, a gastrointestinal specialist dietitian joined the weekly clinic for 12 months. The aim of the service evaluation was to assess the impact of dietetic input on patient outcome data.

Methods: This was a service evaluation. Referrals were assessed by the NET dietitian and outcomes were selected using a dietetics outcome framework. Patients were reviewed in clinic or on a telephone consultation. Statistical tests were unable to be used due to the number of patients seen.

Results: 35 patients had outcome measures identified and reviewed over the 12 months. 78% of total outcomes were achieved, 4% were partially achieved and 18% not achieved.

G1- Symptom ManagementG2- Improve NutritionG3- Confirm Nutritional AdequacyG5- Maintain/ Monitor NutritionG6- Empower to Self-manage ConditionG7- Avoid Inappropriate Intervention
Not Achieved601360
Partially Achieved010020

Discussion: The results of this show that outcomes were achieved or partially achieved by most patients. From the results of this service evaluation, and the common nutrition-related problems that patients with NETs encounter, dietetics should be a core member of the MDT to improve patients' outcomes, quality of life and to allow specialist dietetic intervention.

Conclusion: Specialist dietetic input as part of a NET MDT should be recommended as it is effective at improving patients’ symptoms and nutritional status.


1. Sagar V, Cooper S, Johnson J, Shetty S, Shah T. Gastrointestinal manifestations of neuroendocrine tumours: their investigation and management. Postgraduate Medical Journal. 2017;93(1102):494–497.

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