Better care through better nutrition: Value and effects of Medical Nutrition (2018)

Malnutrition continues to go undetected and untreated, affecting people’s lives and posing a significant burden on the healthcare economy. However malnutrition is treatable and a growing body of evidence demonstrates the benefits of medical nutrition in addressing malnutrition.

Covering the full spectrum of medical nutrition, from oral nutrition supplements (ONS) to enteral tube feeding (ETF) and parenteral nutrition (PN), the MNI Medical Nutrition Dossier “Better care though better nutrition: value and effects of medical nutrition” addresses prevalence, causes and consequences of malnutrition, as well as the health and economic benefits of nutritional care.

With forewords from key stakeholders – ESPENEUGMSESPGHANEFAD and ENHA – this publication is a unique report of the evidence-base of the burden of malnutrition and of the value and effects of medical nutrition.

Data are provided, where possible, by healthcare setting (hospital, community), by age group (children, adult, elderly) and by patient group. The document includes a solid collation of guidelines and good practices related to the use of ONS, ETF and PN in the management of disease-related malnutrition.

Summary booklet

MNI summary booklet provides for a practical and condensed compilation of the research presented in the full dossier ‘Better care though better nutrition: value and effects of medical nutrition’  by highlighting key facts and figures relating to malnutrition and on the value of good nutritional care. It showcases best practice examples and statements from independent experts. In particular it gives access to the latest facts on:

  • the prevalence, causes and consequences of malnutrition, as well as its economic impact;
  • the beneficial role of medical nutrition to improve health outcomes.
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