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      Assessment of foodservice quality and identification of improvement strategies using hospital foodservice quality model


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          The purposes of this study were to assess hospital foodservice quality and to identify causes of quality problems and improvement strategies. Based on the review of literature, hospital foodservice quality was defined and the Hospital Foodservice Quality model was presented. The study was conducted in two steps. In Step 1, nutritional standards specified on diet manuals and nutrients of planned menus, served meals, and consumed meals for regular, diabetic, and low-sodium diets were assessed in three general hospitals. Quality problems were found in all three hospitals since patients consumed less than their nutritional requirements. Considering the effects of four gaps in the Hospital Foodservice Quality model, Gaps 3 and 4 were selected as critical control points (CCPs) for hospital foodservice quality management. In Step 2, the causes of the gaps and improvement strategies at CCPs were labeled as "quality hazards" and "corrective actions", respectively and were identified using a case study. At Gap 3, inaccurate forecasting and a lack of control during production were identified as quality hazards and corrective actions proposed were establishing an accurate forecasting system, improving standardized recipes, emphasizing the use of standardized recipes, and conducting employee training. At Gap 4, quality hazards were menus of low preferences, inconsistency of menu quality, a lack of menu variety, improper food temperatures, and patients' lack of understanding of their nutritional requirements. To reduce Gap 4, the dietary departments should conduct patient surveys on menu preferences on a regular basis, develop new menus, especially for therapeutic diets, maintain food temperatures during distribution, provide more choices, conduct meal rounds, and provide nutrition education and counseling. The Hospital Foodservice Quality Model was a useful tool for identifying causes of the foodservice quality problems and improvement strategies from a holistic point of view.

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                Nutr Res Pract
                Nutrition Research and Practice
                The Korean Nutrition Society and the Korean Society of Community Nutrition
                April 2010
                29 April 2010
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                [1 ]Department of Food and Nutrition, Seoul Women's University, 623 Hwarangro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 139-774, Korea.
                [2 ]Nutrition Team, Korea University, Guro Hospital, Seoul 152-703, Korea.
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                Corresponding Author: Kyung-Eun Lee, Tel. 82-2-970-5648, Fax. 82-2-976-4049, klee@ 123456swu.ac.kr
                ©2010 The Korean Nutrition Society and the Korean Society of Community Nutrition

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Nutrition & Dietetics
                hospital,quality model,foodservice,quality hazards,critical control point
                Nutrition & Dietetics
                hospital, quality model, foodservice, quality hazards, critical control point


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