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Nutrients 2010, 2(4), 438-448; doi:10.3390/nu2040438

Capturing the Data: Nutrition Risk Screening of Adults in Hospital

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Manager, Nutrition and Dietetics, Dandenong Hospital, PO Box 478 Dandenong Victoria, 3175 Australia
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Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Churchill Victoria 3842 Australia
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Nutrition Technician, Nutrition and Dietetics, Dandenong Hospital, PO Box 478 Dandenong Victoria, 3175 Australia
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Received: 20 February 2010 / Revised: 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
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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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.

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