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Question:

When working with a DASH diet patient who reduces his food intake and shows very little interest in eating. What would be the best way for a nursing assistant to deal with this problem?

A Check to see what the patient’s prescribed dietary supplements are and give them to the patient.
Explaination

Providing the patient with his or her prescribed daily nutritional supplements would be the most appropriate action for a nursing assistant to take. Discussing the problem with the patient may also be helpful, but it is unlikely to make them eat more. Any food that the family brings in may be more appealing to the patient, but likely would not comply with the patient’s prescribed DASH diet. The nutritionist may have to be involved at some point, but the RN or physician on duty would be the one to make that decision.