Challenges and Efficacy of a Clinical Nutrition Support Team

Reber, Emilie; Leuenberger, Michèle Simone; Stirnimann, Jessica; Sterchi, Anna-Barbara; Bally, Lia; Stanga, Zeno (2019). Challenges and Efficacy of a Clinical Nutrition Support Team. Aktuelle Ernährungsmedizin, 44(05), pp. 336-354. Thieme 10.1055/a-0887-1996

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Many patients are malnourished at hospital admission. This condition further worsens improve during the hospitalisation. Malnutrition itself prolongs the length of hospital stay and the rehabilitation time, increases complication rates, morbidity, and mortality. Prompt reaction is needed to prevent these negative consequences, to maximise the success of therapy and to offer patients a better quality of life and a maintained autonomy. The early recognition of a poor nutritional status is therefore indispensable to initiate an efficient and timely nutritional therapy, according to individual needs. Multidisciplinary knowledge is needed to avoid potential complications as well as clearly defined responsibilities and structured processes. Thus, inter- and multiprofessional efforts clinical nutrition support teams have been created since the 70ies, mainly in the larger hospitals, to manage nutritional therapies. The main task of a clinical nutrition support team is to detect the risk for malnutrition, to prevent malnutrition by targeted measures and, when appropriate, to adequately treat it quickest possible. In the following, we will provide more details about organisation, composition, tasks, challenges of clinical nutrition support teams as wells as efficacy regarding patients’ outcome and briefly about costs.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition

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Reber, Emilie, Leuenberger, Michèle Simone, Stirnimann, Jessica, Sterchi, Anna-Barbara, Bally, Lia Claudia, Stanga, Zeno


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Regula Maria Schneider

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27 Jan 2020 15:40

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02 Mar 2023 23:33

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