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Revista de Enfermagem Referência

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MARTINS, Maria do Céu Antunes. Feeding and Nursing: in search of a comprehensive dietetics. Rev. Enf. Ref. [online]. 2011, vol.serIII, n.4, pp.143-149. ISSN 0874-0283.

This review focuses on Nutrition and Nursing. The dominant biological perspective defining the lines of thought in the nutritional field is an epistemological obstacle to considering the individual as a holistic being. Aims: to identify the different components involved in human food, from a multidimensional perspective, and to analyse nurses’ approach in the context of food users. Methodology: a bibliographic review was carried out using online sources of data. The Scientific Electronic Library Online, the B-on (Biblioteca do Conhecimento Online), the Google Scholar, the Portuguese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization sites were the data sources used. Discussion: nutrition is considered to be a complex subject of intervention. Conceptual directions were identified and analyzed which discount standardized and subordinate actions based simply on biological and nutritional principles. Conclusion: nutrition should be analyzed in the light of inter and transdisciplinary perspectives and not reduced to a specific knowledge area. It is proposed that nurses, who are used to understanding food from nutrient and physiological points of view, include other disciplinary approaches in order to provide a comprehensive diet.

Palabras clave : nutrition; feeding; nursing; interdisciplinarity.

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