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Provider and Patient Perspectives of Parenteral Nutrition Access Issues: Guiding the Future of ASPEN Advocacy (SU22)

Sunday, March 3 • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET

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In this session, we will be discussing the results of the ASPEN parenteral nutrition access surveys that were conducted in 2023. The aim of these surveys was to understand the challenges faced by clinicians (providers) and patients due to access issues. We will be sharing details about the surveys, along with the findings from both the provider and patient surveys. The session will also include a panel discussion and conclude with a conversation about the ASPEN advocacy strategy that was formulated based on the survey findings.


  1. Describe parenteral nutrition (PN) access issues and the resulting burdens to patients and providers from the provider perspective.
  2. Describe PN access issues and the resulting burdens to patients from the patient perspective. 
  3. Discuss the PN access issues found consistently or exclusively in the provider and patient surveys.
  4. Develop a strategy to advocate for resolution of PN access issue.

Introduction and Background on PN Access Surveys
Jay Mirtallo, MS, FASPEN, Clinical Practice Specialist, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Delaware, OH

PN Access Issues: The Provider Perspective
Penny Allen, RD, CNSC, FASPEN, FNHIA, Vice President, Nutrition Services, Optum Infusion Pharmacy, North Hampton, NH

PN Access Issues: The Patient Voice
Beth Gore, PhD, Executive Director, The Oley Foundation, Delmar, NY

Bettemarie Bond, OTR/L, Patient Advocate; Ambassador for The Oley Foundation, Levittown, PA

PN Access Issues: ASPEN Advocacy
Patty Byers, MD, FACS, Professor; Section Chief, Surgical Nutritional and Metabolic Surgery, DeWitt Daughtry Department of Surgery, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Jay Mirtallo, MS, FASPEN

CE Credit: 1.5 hours
Level: Intermediate
UAN: JA0002345-0000-24-036-L99-P