Dialogue Proceedings: Advancing Patient-centered Malnutrition Care Transitions

On 14 March 2018, a multi-stakeholder group of health and community leaders and advocates came together for a national dialogue focusing on developing real-world solutions to better integrate nutrition risk identification and care into existing care transition pathways and accountable care models. See the results of their discussions in these featured proceedings. Convened by Avalere, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Defeat Malnutrition Today coalition, supported by Abbott.

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Better Integration of Malnutrition Care into Care Transitions is Necessary

Although malnutrition can increase the risk of chronic disease, frailty, and disability, as well as increase healthcare costs, patients’ nutrition status is often not addressed as they transition across care settings. See this infographic from “Dialogue Proceedings: Advancing Patient-centered Malnutrition Care Transitions,” to find out why these transitions are so important. Presented by Avalere, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Defeat Malnutrition Today coalition, supported by Abbott.

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The Role of Carbohydrates in Oral Nutrition Supplements

Patients who are malnourished or at risk for malnutrition often benefit from oral nutritional supplements (ONS). Since ONS are specially formulated products, all ONS ingredients—including carbohydrates—are added ingredients. This may seem to be at odds with the growing public health discourse on the need to reduce “added sugars” in the diet. However, carbohydrate is an essential nutrient for human health and is a critical ingredient in ONS. This perspective paper reviews the important roles of “added sugars” in ONS, in terms of flavor, function, and product formulation.

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An Appetite for Health

A new survey by the International Food Information Council and supported by Abbott, found that heart and muscle health, brain health, and having enough energy were the were the four main health topics on the minds of older adults. Find out more about the survey here.

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Identifying Malnutrition: From Acute Care to Discharge & Beyond

A recent article in The Nurse Practitioner is a great way to start the malnutrition discussion with your nurse colleagues. This article reviews the importance of the interdisciplinary team in ensuring patients are appropriately evaluated and treated to avoid malnutrition and support positive outcomes.

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WHO Guidelines: Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE)

The World Health Organization (WHO) ICOPE guidelines can help you identify and intervene for physical and mental declines in older adults in your community. In this brochure, you’ll find exercise and oral nutritional supplement recommendations to improve musculoskeletal function, mobility, and vitality.

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Global Nutrition Report

A better-nourished world is a better world. Yet, the 2017 Global Nutrition Report shows that, despite the significant steps the world has taken towards improving nutrition, nutrition is still a universal problem.

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Ultra Rice Nutrition Project

Rice, a staple of food in India, may also hold the key to solving the nation’s malnutrition challenge. Aided by a $1.5 million grant from the Abbott Fund, Abbott scientists are working with the nonprofit, PATH, to optimize Ultra Rice technology to reduce costs while improving nutritional value.

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Better Sanitation = Better Health

Watch what happened when Abbott launched a community-led effort to combat the risk of disease and malnutrition—and to change habits and minds.

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Advocate Cost Study

Read the results of a recent study that assessed the cost savings potential of decreased 30-day readmissions in malnourished inpatients through a nutrition-focused quality improvement program.

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