Monitoring and Evaluation

Pediatric feeding care continues with monitoring and evaluation.  The purpose of monitoring and evaluation is to measure the amount of progress made for the intervention(s) and determine whether the related goals or expected outcomes are being met. This is depicted in the Pediatric Feeding Care Cycle (Figure 11). 

Monitoring and evaluation will vary dependent on the child and family needs, program requirements and goals and interventions selected. The timeframe and frequency of monitoring and evaluation will be patient-dependent. For children with more acute issues, follow up may occur more frequently with phone follow-ups and in person visits, e.g. every one to two months, whereas children with more stable needs may be seen less frequently, e.g. every three months (Mascarenhas, Zemel, & Stallings, 1998). For children receiving multiple assessment and feeding therapies, overlapping follow up by other members of the the Eating Feeding Swallowing team may be necessary.

Refer to: NICE Guidance: Nutrition support for adults - Monitoring of nutrition support in hospital and the community