Nutrition Support and Disease-Related Malnutrition in China

Publish Date: 2012
Author(s): Chen Wei, MD


In recent years, Chinese hospitals have focused more seriously on malnutrition prevalence than they did 30 years ago. Prof Chen examines four major aspects of this focus—the epidemiology of disease-related malnutrition, approaches to and indications for nutrition support in China, the issue of who can provide nutrition support, and the management of nutrition support. Prof Chen argues that physician training is needed to increase awareness of the benefits of nutrition therapies in hospital care, and hospital dietitians should be used more often and more effectively to reduce malnutrition-related conditions. Finally, further research is needed in Chinese hospitals to test the efficacy of nutrition strategies.
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Chen Wei, MD

Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing Diabetes Prevention Treatment Association, China
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