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Internist, Hospice & Palliative Specialist
19 years of experience


Education ?

Medical School Score
Saint Louis University (1993)

Awards & Distinctions ?

American Board of Internal Medicine

Affiliations ?

Dr. Conright is affiliated with 3 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Providence Alaska Medical Center
    PO Box 196604, Anchorage, AK 99519
  • Providence Extended Care Center
    4900 Eagle St, Anchorage, AK 99503
  • VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
    1000 Locust St, Reno, NV 89502
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Conright has contributed to 3 publications.
    Title A Prospective, Randomized Clinical Study of Adjunctive Peripheral Parenteral Nutrition in Adult Subacute Care Patients.
    Date January 2006
    Journal The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging

    BACKGROUND: A number of frail, older, undernourished patients cannot maintain adequate oral intake to meet protein-calorie needs after an illness, even when high-density nutritional supplements are added. Tolerance to enteral nutrition by gastric tube is poor in this group of patients. Peripheral parenteral nutrition is an effective method of administering nutritional support to patients with mild to moderate nutritional deficiencies who are unable to receive enteral nutrition or for whom enteral nutrition alone cannot meet energy needs. However, no data exists for the use of peripheral parenteral nutrition longer than two weeks and overall there are remarkably few studies on the efficacy of peripheral parenteral nutrition. METHODS: A Phase 4, single center, prospective, randomized, parallel group design clinical trial was conducted to evaluate long-term safety of peripheral parenteral nutrition in post-acute patients receiving inadequate enteral nutrition. Nutritional status was measured by the Mini-Nutritional Assessment and functional status by the Functional Inventory Measure. Subjects received a mean duration for peripheral parenteral nutrition of 15.8 +/- 6.7 days (range 8-23). RESULTS: The peripheral parenteral nutrition group demonstrated several trends towards improvement in prealbumin, CD4 cell count, and functional status compared to the untreated control group. Two patients in the peripheral parenteral nutrition group developed low-grade phlebitis; however, this did not result in discontinuing intravenous therapy. No other adverse events occurred. This study demonstrates that peripheral parenteral nutrition is feasible and safe in postacute care. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that peripheral parenteral nutrition can be safely administered in post-acute settings with a low rate of complications.

    Title Malnutrition in Subacute Care.
    Date February 2002
    Journal The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

    BACKGROUND: Dramatic weight loss and hypoalbuminemia often follow acute hospitalization. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to examine the prevalence of undernutrition in a subacute-care facility. DESIGN: We evaluated 837 patients consecutively admitted over 14 mo to a 100-bed subacute-care center. Nutritional status was assessed by anthropometric measurements, biochemical markers, and a Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) score. Primary outcome measures included length of stay and death. Secondary measures included readmission to an acute-care hospital and placement at discharge. RESULTS: The subjects' mean (+/- SD) age was 76 +/- 13 y and 61% were women. Eighteen percent of the subjects had a body mass index (in kg/m(2)) <19. With the use of 35 g/L as a cutoff, 53% of the subjects had hypoalbuminemia. Only 8% of the subjects were classified as being well nourished according to the MNA. Almost one-third (29%) of the subjects were malnourished and almost two-thirds (63%) were at risk of malnutrition. Thus, >91% of subjects admitted to subacute care were either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. The Geriatric Depression Score was higher in malnourished subjects than in nutritionally at-risk subjects (P = 0.05). Length of stay differed by 11 d between the malnourished group and the nutritionally at-risk group (P = 0.007). In the MNA-assessed group of largely malnourished subjects, 25% of subjects required readmission to an acute-care hospital compared with 11% of the well-nourished group (P = 0.06). Mortality was not found to be related to BMI. CONCLUSION: Malnutrition reaches epidemic proportions in patients admitted to subacute-care facilities. Whether this reflects nutritional neglect in acute-care hospitals or is the result of profound illness is unclear. Nevertheless, strict attention to nutritional status is mandatory in subacute-care settings.

    Title A Walking Program Improves Gait and Balance in Nursing Home Patients.
    Date January 1991
    Journal Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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