Malnutrition in hospitalised patients and clinical outcomes : a missed opportunity?

Lim, Su Lin (2014) Malnutrition in hospitalised patients and clinical outcomes : a missed opportunity? PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


This research programme has resulted in 5 published papers in international peer-reviewed journals and contributed to better outcomes for patients.

It has provided clear evidence that the adverse outcomes of malnutrition are not just a consequence of the disease process, and lead to substantial increases in length of hospital stay, readmission rate, mortality and hospitalisation cost when compared with well-nourished patients of similar diagnoses and complexities. The research programme led to the development and validation of a new nutrition screening tool called 3-Minute Nutrition Screening (3-MinNS). It has also implemented quality improvement initiatives which proved successful in improving the compliance to 3-MinNS and ensuring referral of malnourished or 'at risk' patients to dietitians. Finally, this research programme has provided an effective method for following up malnourished patients post-discharge, which resulted in improved nutritional status and quality of life.

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ID Code: 66436
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Daniels, Lynne & Ferguson, Maree
Additional Information: Recipient of 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award.
Embargoed until 21 Februay 2015.
Keywords: Malnutrition, Prevalence, Nutrition Screening, Subjective Global Assessment, Nutrition Intervention, Outcomes, Nutrition Assessment, Sensitivity, Specificity, ODTA
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2014 05:55
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 00:46

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