Credible Evidence in Nutrition Health Economics Outcomes Research: The Effects of Oral Nutritional Supplementation on Hospital Outcomes

Publish Date: 2012
Author(s): Tomas Philipson, PhD


Malnourished patients face a heightened risk of poor outcomes, including increased length of stay, higher rates of complications and readmissions, and greater risk of mortality. Dr. Philipson discusses nutrition health economics outcomes research, sharing observational data that examines the impact of oral nutritional supplements (ONS) on hospitalization outcomes. He describes a study that compares the episode cost, length of stay, and 30-day readmission rate of patients receiving ONS to those same outcome variables in patients not receiving ONS. Understanding how therapies work in the real world requires the application of technically appropriate methods to real-world data, including observation data and econometric techniques.
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Tomas Philipson, PhD

University of Chicago, Public Policy Studies, Precision Health Economics, USA
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