Degree Name

Master of Science


The study investigates dietary intakes of energy and selected nutrients of a sample haemodialysis population in the Hunter region, N.S.W. and compares to recommended standard intakes for a haemodialysis population. The sample consisted of 37 subjects in total, with representative proportions from each of the three dialysis categories, namely centre, home and limited care patients. Patients were asked to keep a three day Food and Drink Diary, covering two non-dialysis days and one dialysis day. A self-administered questionnaire was designed to ensure a more accurate computer data entry process. Diaries were analysed on the Diet 1 (NutTab 92) Computer Package. StatView 512 Computer Package was used to analyse the statistical significance between the actual and recommended intakes of nutrients and within the three dialysis categories to determine whether the sample adhered to the recommendations and if there were any differences between groups. Protein, phosphate and potassium intakes were found to be significantly different at the 5% confidence interval. Sodium was the only nutrient consumed within the recommended level by all groups. Iron, zinc, the B group vitamins and the percentage of protein from high biological value sources were consumed below the recommendations. The proportion of fat consumed as saturated fat was higher than ideal and the total energy intake was found to be largely inadequate in all groups.