ASPEN focuses on reducing the incidence of malnutrition by providing educational support and resources to healthcare professionals and consumers, and through advocacy work for malnutrition prevention and treatment.
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS | CONSUMERS | MAW HOME
Here are resources to help clinicians detect, diagnose, prevent, and treat disease-related malnutrition.
GENERAL RESOURCES | SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT | GLIM | EVALUATION RESOURCES
SPECIFIC POPULATIONS | INTERNATIONAL | ADVOCACY
GENERAL MALNUTRITION RESOURCES
- Importance of Nutrition Support to Prevent and Treat Malnutrition
- Malnutrition Matters Slide Deck for Providers
The Malnutrition Matters Education Program addresses the importance of diagnosing and documenting malnutrition in hospitalized patients. These ready-to-use presentations on malnutrition can be used by healthcare professionals in the adult and pediatric settings. Learn more .
- Nutrition Care Pathways
The Nutrition Care Pathways indicate best practices and guide clinicians—step by step—through the nutrition care process, from admission to discharge. Each step in the pathway is supplemented with resources to use in developing nutrition care plans for patients.
- Documentation and Compliance
- Malnutrition Education Resources
- Malnutrition Related Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Data and Publications
- Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQII) Toolkit
ASPEN has partnered with Defeat Malnutrition Today and the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQII) to aid in the efforts to detect and treat malnutrition, particularly among older adults. Access MQII Toolkit .
SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT RESOURCES
The first step in addressing malnutrition is to identify those who may be malnourished or who are at risk of malnutrition. This is accomplished through nutrition screening, a standard required by the Joint Commission. Those identified to be at nutrition risk through screening should undergo a nutrition assessment. The following resources assist practitioners in developing nutrition screening and assessment processes.
NUTRITION SCREENING TOOLS
In addition to the screening tools provided above, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides adult and pediatric nutrition screening information and resources in their Evidence Analysis Library.
NUTRITION ASSESSMENT TOOLS
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE ON MALNUTRITION (GLIM)
What is GLIM?
GLIM (Global Leadership Initiative on Malnutrition) is a global consensus on core criteria for a malnutrition diagnosis in adults. It was developed as a diagnostic framework to permit malnutrition prevalence, interventions, and outcomes comparisons globally.
ADDITIONAL MALNUTRITION EVALUATION RESOURCES
The table below provides additional malnutrition related resources and publications for adult and pediatric populations.
MALNUTRITION RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC PATIENT POPULATIONS
(Topics Listed Alphabetically)
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
Malnutrition is one of the few modifiable risk factors identified in ERAS perioperative care pathways. This educational bundle includes:
Parenteral Nutrition in Malnutrition
Pediatric Intestinal Failure
Short Bowel Syndrome
INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVESInternational Resources and Publications
ADVOCACY FOR MALNUTRITION PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
ASPEN continuously works to address malnutrition as a public health issue through governmental and regulatory engagement. Below are select examples of ASPEN’s advocacy work related to malnutrition. Please also visit ASPEN’s Public Policy and Advocacy webpage for additional advocacy initiatives.