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Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | March 2022

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Optimising nutritional care and combatting malnutrition

Optimising nutritional care and combatting malnutrition
Disease-related malnutrition

Pages: 61 - 67

Article topics: Community nursing, Malnutrition, Nutrition, Pathway, Practice nursing

In 2006, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released the landmark guidance on nutrition, ‘Nutrition support in adults: oral nutrition support, enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition’ (NICE, 2006). At the heart of NICE guidance and quality standards is the aim to integrate research into practice and reduce gaps between recommended and actual practice. However, successful implementation is dependent on national and local action. To facilitate the implementation of the NICE clinical guidance (CG32), a national multidisciplinary expert panel was convened to explore and develop strategies that would overcome barriers to implementation of the NICE guidance, facilitate access to practical tools, and enhance knowledge to improve the management of disease-related malnutrition in the community. The collaborative work undertaken by the panel, in conjunction with major stakeholders, led to the development of the ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community’ materials. This article reviews the work of both the initial panel in 2012 and subsequent expert panels, that have delivered and continue to develop resources for nurses and the wider multidisciplinary team to assist in tackling malnutrition, which affects up to three million people in the UK at any time (Elia and Russell, 2009), especially that which arises as a consequence of illness and long-term medical conditions having an impact on appetite and the ability to eat and drink.

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