A Complete Guide to Identify and Manage Malnutrition in Hospitalized Patients

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Kabashneh S, et al. Cureus 2020 - Review.

ABSTRACT

Malnutrition is extremely common in hospitalized patients. It can lead to various complications and increase mortality. However, it remains poorly recognized and many health care systems do not require nutritional assessment during the hospital stay. This most likely due to lack of awareness and inadequate coordination between health care workers. Physicians can utilize many different methods when performing malnutrition screening, and there is also a lack of global clear-cut recommendations on criteria used to diagnose malnutrition. This article aims to increase malnutrition awareness among health care providers, and provide a guide on screening, diagnosis, and management of malnutrition.

PMID:32656004 | PMC:PMC7343301 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.8486

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