How diet can support patient recovery after ICU with Associate Professor Lee-anne Chapple

Video series: Translating Research


In this episode, we hear about research aimed at helping patients recover muscle mass lost during a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU).

We learn that while more patients are surviving ICU, slow recovery and delayed discharge is common. Importantly,

  • loss of muscle mass can have an impact up for to five years
  • while ICU patients do absorb dietary protein, more research is needed to unpack why this doesn’t directly build muscle mass
  • diets tailored to support recovery of lost muscle mass may assist patient recovery and help them go home more quickly.


About the researcher

Associate Professor Lee-anne Chapple is a Clinical Dietitian at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.


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