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Malnutrition

What is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s intake of energy and/or nutrients. (World Health Organisation (WHO) 2016)

Did you know one in seven adults over the age of 65 have a medium or high risk of malnutrition?

The Consequences

  • Pressure sores/delayed wound healing
  • Reduced mobility and increased risk of falls
  • Impaired immunity, more susceptible to infections
  • Reduction in cognitive function and contribution to depression
  • Increased risk of complications/longer rehabilitation
  • Increased risk of death

The Effect on Health & Social Care

  • 1 in 7 adults over 65 are at risk.
  • £19.6 billion is spent on malnutrition
  • Results in longer hospital stays
  • 90% of malnutrition originates within the community

It is estimated that the cost associated with malnutrition is greater than that of obesity! (BAPEN, 2012)

In Doncaster the RDaSH dietetic service is working very closely with other organisations such as Doncaster CCG and Doncaster Council to better manage malnutrition in the community.

Please refer to the following guidelines for more information;

Management of Malnutrition in Doncaster Community