Background. Malnutrition is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in abdominal surgery, and early identification and treatment is recommended. However, there is limited research regarding knowledge and attitudes of surgical staff regarding perioperative nutrition in Australia. Aim. To investigate doctor's knowledge and perceptions of perioperative nutrition support in abdominal surgery. Methods. A purpose built, 25-item anonymous survey was distributed to doctors working in a large tertiary institution via REDCap, with results summarised descriptively. Results. There were 43 participants (30.2% residents, 25.6% interns, 23.3% registrars and 20.9% consultants). Seventy-seven percent reported no prior training/teaching regarding nutrition support in abdominal surgery. Only 16.3% felt they had adequate knowledge regarding the evidence for nutrition support in abdominal surgery and only 20.9% felt they had adequate skills to identify malnutrition. Only 37.2% understood that pre-operative fasting from midnight is not usually necessary and 67.4% were unable to correctly identify risk of malnutrition in a...

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