Food for thought: what keeps hospital patients from eating?
Submitted by Christine Lyon, Communications Specialist, Providence Health Care Research Institute
Canadian Malnutrition Week, September 24-28, is an annual awareness campaign organized by the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF) that draws attention to the importance of food and nutrition in the health and recovery of patients.
Nearly half of hospital patients are malnourished and they end up staying two to three days longer than nourished patients, costing an additional $1500 per patient. Malnourished patients are also more likely to return within 30 days. That adds up to a lot of health care dollars that could potentially be saved with better eating. (2016 study in published in Clinical Nutrition)
The issue of malnutrition in hospitals will be top of mind September 24-28 during Canadian Malnutrition Week. This year’s theme, What’s Really on the Menu?, is designed to challenge perceptions of hospital food and explore the factors affecting how well patients eat.
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