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Capturing the Data: Nutrition Risk Screening of Adults in Hospital
Manager, Nutrition and Dietetics, Dandenong Hospital, PO Box 478 Dandenong Victoria, 3175 Australia
Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Churchill Victoria 3842 Australia
Nutrition Technician, Nutrition and Dietetics, Dandenong Hospital, PO Box 478 Dandenong Victoria, 3175 Australia
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Received: 20 February 2010; in revised form: 25 March 2010 / Accepted: 30 March 2010 / Published: 1 April 2010
Abstract: This study aims to explore limitations with the Malnutrition Screening Tool in identifying malnutrition risk, in a cohort of 3,033 adult Australian medical and surgical hospital inpatients. Seventy-two percent of patients were screened; illness and medical care limited access to others. Malnutrition risk (16.5%; n = 501) was found in all age groups with a trend to higher risk in medical wards; 10% (n = 300) of patients with communication barriers were excluded. Systematic screening increased dietitians’ referrals by 39%. Further research is required to enable screening of all patients, including those with communication issues with an easy to use valid tool.
Keywords: adults; evidence translation; hospitals; malnutrition screening; Malnutrition Screening Tool
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Frew, E.; Cant, R.; Sequeira, J. Capturing the Data: Nutrition Risk Screening of Adults in Hospital. Nutrients 2010, 2, 438-448.
Frew E, Cant R, Sequeira J. Capturing the Data: Nutrition Risk Screening of Adults in Hospital. Nutrients. 2010; 2(4):438-448.
Frew, Elizabeth; Cant, Robyn; Sequeira, Jennifer. 2010. "Capturing the Data: Nutrition Risk Screening of Adults in Hospital." Nutrients 2, no. 4: 438-448.