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Nutrients 2010, 2(4), 438-448; doi:10.3390/nu2040438
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Capturing the Data: Nutrition Risk Screening of Adults in Hospital

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Received: 20 February 2010; in revised form: 25 March 2010 / Accepted: 30 March 2010 / Published: 1 April 2010
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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 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.

AMA Style

Frew E, Cant R, Sequeira J. Capturing the Data: Nutrition Risk Screening of Adults in Hospital. Nutrients. 2010; 2(4):438-448.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Frew, Elizabeth; Cant, Robyn; Sequeira, Jennifer. 2010. "Capturing the Data: Nutrition Risk Screening of Adults in Hospital." Nutrients 2, no. 4: 438-448.



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