Pharmacists have regular contact with patients (especially those with long term conditions) and the general public. The BAPEN Malnutrition Matters Commitment to Act document outlines three key responsibilities for Community Pharmacists in the identification and management of malnutrition:
Pharmacists can play a key role in prevention, early identification and treatment of malnutrition. They also have the knowledge to advice on types and usage of ONS when required.
A number of resources have been developed for use by Pharmacists including:
Time and resource efficient actions that Pharmacists might consider in order to ensure patients with malnutrition are identified and treated. Tips separated into those specific to Community Pharmacists and those for Pharmacists in GP Surgeries.
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