Raising Awareness of Malnutrition Amongst GPs

The ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community’ guide and pathway has been published in Guidelines, the clinical journal for GPs and other healthcare professionals interested in implementing national guidelines locally, and practising evidence-based medicine. It is hoped that this guidance will assist in raising awareness of malnutrition amongst the 33,000 GPs who receive the publication. The guidance is available via the eGuidelines website which has over 52,000 registered users.

The guide and pathway was developed by a multi-professional team and is supported/endorsed by ten key professional organisations including the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and the British Dietetic Association (BDA). It was launched in 2012 and has been downloaded, via www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk, by thousands of health professionals seeking further information on the management of adult malnutrition in the community.

“We are delighted that Guidelines in Practice has decided to feature the guide and pathway. We hope that it will ensure that more GPs are aware of the guidance and find it a useful tool in everyday practice” says Anne Holdoway, Registered Dietitian and Chair of the consensus panel that developed the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community document. “The primary aim with the guidance was to assist GPs, and their teams, in spotting the signs of malnutrition and managing it appropriately to improve clinical outcomes. With its wide reach, we hope that the adoption of the guidance in Medendium’s Guidelines in Practice and eGuidelines will help facilitate this.”

The ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community’ guide and pathway is based on clinical experience and evidence alongside accepted best practice and includes:

  • An overview of malnutrition including its clinical consequences, cost implications, details on the prevalence across healthcare settings and information on key patient groups at risk
  • Information on the identification and management of malnutrition according to risk category
  • Guidance on optimising oral intake including dietary advice and the appropriate use of oral nutritional supplements
  • A practical pathway on the appropriate use of oral nutritional supplements in the management of malnutrition

For further information please contact:

Hilary Franklin
Hilary Franklin Healthcare Communications
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Notes to editors

The Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community guide and website is a practical guide to assist GPs and other community healthcare professionals in identifying and managing the 3 million people in the UK at risk of disease-related malnutrition practiceA copy of the document can be downloaded for free from www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk

The document has been supported by ten key professional associations:

  • The British Association For Parenteral And Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)
  • The British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • The British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group (BPNG)
  • The National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG)
  • The Pharmaceutical Service Negotiating Committee (PSNC)
  • The Primary Care Pharmacists Association (PCPA)
  • The Primary Care Society For Gastroenterology (PCSG)
  • The Royal College Of General Practitioners (RCGP)
  • The Royal College Of Nursing (RCN)
  • The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
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