The cost-effectiveness of identifying and treating malnutrition in hospitals
Citation: Mitchell H., Porter J. The cost effectiveness of identifying and treating malnutrition in hospitals: a systematic review. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 2015;29(2):156-64
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Definite conclusions could not be drawn regarding the cost- effectiveness of individual interventions because of the heterogeneity of treatments, controls and populations.
Malnutrition related to disease can have serious clinical and economic consequences. This review aims to assess the financial effectiveness of treating malnutrition in hospitals. Three studies were deemed eligible for inclusion using the Consensus on Health and Economic Criteria checklist. No definitive conclusions were drawn. A gap in evidence was identified relating to the care of malnourished, hospitalized adults. This evidence gap is limiting to the abilities of clinicians to make evidence based, cost- effective treatment decisions for malnutrition in hospitalized adults.
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