nutritioncloud assists healthcare professionals, patients and their support network tackle disease-related malnutrition.
Disease-related malnutrition impacts the lives of millions of people around the world and presents a financial and operational burden to healthcare systems.
With an increasingly ageing, multi-morbid global population the burden of malnutrition is predicted to grow considerably, impacting the lives of people around the world as well as the sustainability of healthcare systems.
Malnutrition is a common clinical and public health problem found across all healthcare settings. It is estimated to cost the National Health Service in the United Kingdom over £30 billion per year and with population changes and healthcare inflation, by the year 2042 it is projected to exceed £72 billion per year.
The treatment of malnutrition is complex often requiring multiple nutrition support strategies and often over a prolonged period of time. This requires nutrition interventions to be started in one healthcare setting and continued across the continuum of care (e.g. as the patient moves from hospital back to home, hospital to residential aged care facility, or when they go to see their GP).
Elia M on behalf of the Malnutrition Action Group of BAPEN and the National Institute for Health Research Southampton Biomedical Research Centre (2015) The cost of malnutrition in England and potential cost savings from nutritional interventions (short version) – http://www.bapen.org.uk/pdfs/economic-report-short.pdf
If identified, the majority of malnutrition can be effectively treated through coordinated nutritional support. A report by the Malnutrition Action Group of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre highlighted that implementation of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guideline 32 (nutrition support for adults) could result in cost savings to NHS England of over £200 million per year.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Nutritional support for adults: oral nutrition support, enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition. Clinical Guidelines 32 [CG32], last updated August 2017.
The burden of disease-related malnutrition
Tackling disease-related malnutrition
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