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Research Utilization Award

Eat Right Food Delivery System Tool Box
Drs. Crogan and Dupler’s "Eat Right Delivery System Tool Box" is an excellent example of using nursing research and creativity to improve the quality of life of geriatric clients in nursing homes. The purpose of the project is to provide tools and resources needed to improve nutritional consumption of nursing home residents and prevent weight loss and malnutrition. The study showed that cognitively impaired residents were able to rate their food and increase their consumption, leading to increased body weight, food satisfaction, and improved serum pre-albumin levels.

Neva L. Crogan, PhD, GNP-BC, FNGNA, FAAN
Gonzaga University
Washington, USA
Delta Chi-at-Large Chapter #116
Alice E. Dupler, JD, ANP-BC, APRN-BC
Associate Professor
Gonzaga University
Washington, USA
Delta Chi-at-Large Chapter #116


Dr. Crogan is a professor of nursing at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where she conducts ageing research, practices as a geriatric nurse practitioner, and is a consultant and expert reviewer for nursing homes and attorney groups. Most recently, Dr. Crogan, with her colleague Dr. Alice Dupler, completed a two-year feasibility study of the Eat Right Food Delivery System. They found that cognitively impaired nursing home residents were able to rate the food and choose favorite foods from menus and enjoyed enhanced selection from a steam table in the dining room. Further, residents experienced increased body weight and improved serum prealbumin levels and reported enhanced food satisfaction postintervention. A toolbox was developed for disseminating the intervention to nursing homes looking for an evidence-based approach to improving facility food service while enhancing resident food choice and quality of life.
Dr. Dupler is an advanced practice nurse, educator,  and attorney who specializes in safe evidence-based care for older adults. As a  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-certified long-term care nurse surveyor/complaint investigator, she worked diligently to assist this vulnerable population to attain justice in our increasingly complex health system. Currently, Dr. Dupler is an associate professor at Gonzaga University and a clinical associate professor at Washington State University. As a distinguished practitioner in private practice, she has also been honored as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys and is the president of the Washington State Chapter. Dr. Dupler’s research continues to focus on patient safety, medical malpractice, and health law. She has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and by the Agency for Health Research and Quality. Translation of evidence-based practice in the courtroom drives her continued efforts to support scholarly inquiry and excellence in nursing practice.
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