How to detect malnutrition and provide support for people in the community

Advice on using screening tools, the Food First approach and the impact of COVID-19

Advice on treating malnutrition, including opportunistic screening and individualised care plans, the Food First approach and the impact of COVID-19

  • Malnutrition is often associated with patients who are in hospital, but in fact more than 90% of those at risk are in the community
  • In most cases, malnutrition is a treatable condition that can be managed using dietary advice to optimise food intake. Opportunistic screening is vital to detect people who need dietary support
  • Tips and advice on using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool and the ‘Food First’ approach, and an overview of the impact of COVID-19

Malnutrition is a significant burden both to individuals and the wider NHS.


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