Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community is a practical guide and pathway to assist community healthcare professionals in identifying and managing the 3 million people in the UK at risk of disease-related malnutrition. It has been developed by a multi-professional team and is supported/endorsed by ten key organisations.
The 'Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool' ('MUST') is a simple validated 5 step nutrition screening tool to identify malnutrition risk. Where use of a screening tool is not possible or practical, clinical judgement may be used. Actions to manage malnutrition should be linked to the degree of malnutrition risk.
Where individuals require (or already have) a prescription of ONS, this pathway will guide you in setting goals, deciding on dose and duration of ONS, how and when to monitor progress and when to discontinue prescription.
A number of resources are available that have been developed to assist healthcare professionals supporting patients at risk of malnutrition as a result of a specific condition. These include:
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The 'Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community document and pathway' has been endorsed/supported by the following associations:
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