The key responsibilities of GPs in the identification and management of malnutrition are outlined in the BAPEN Malnutrition Matters Commitment to Act document:
A number of resources have been developed for to assist GPs in identifying and managing patients at risk of malnutrition in the community including:
Further reading on Managing Malnutrition in the Community can be found in the BJGP article ‘Managing malnutrition in the community: we will all gain from finding and feeding the frail’
How GPs might incorporate malnutrition screening and treatment into their everyday activities particularly in high risk groups.
A screening and management pathway using 'MUST' that can be used across care settings to identify adults who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.
Oral Nutritional Supplements: 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 Guide to Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community: the complete document is available.
A selection of publications for use by healthcare professionals, patients and carers are available in the resources section of the website.
A number of resources are available that have been developed to support patients and carers.
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:
We can be contacted regarding the malnutrition pathway materials and website
If you have a combined BMI and weight loss calculator score of 1 or more please go to malnutritionselfscreening.org
for further information