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Malnutrition in community-dwelling older people: lessons learnt using a new procedure.

Murphy, J., Bracher, M., Tkacz, D., Aburrow, A., Allmark, G., Steward, K., Wallis, K. and May, C., 2020. Malnutrition in community-dwelling older people: lessons learnt using a new procedure. British Journal of Community Nursing, 25 (4), 193 - 195.

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DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.4.193


This article reports the implementation of a new procedure for screening and treatment of malnutrition in a community NHS trust in England. The barriers and facilitators to implementation were assessed with staff from Integrated Community and Older People's Mental Health teams. Data from interviews and surveys were collected at baseline, 2 months after initial training and 16 months after initial training as well as following deployment of a nutrition lead to embed new developments for nutritional care. The adoption of the procedure made screening and treatment of malnutrition simpler and more likely to be actioned. The benefit of a nutrition lead and local nutrition champions to support and empower staff (avoiding reliance on training alone) was shown to drive change for nutritional care across the community. Prioritisation and commitment of leadership at the organisational level are needed to embed and sustain malnutrition screening and treatment in routine practice.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Community; Dietitian; Malnutrition; Older people; Screening; Aged; Clinical Competence; Community Health Nursing; England; Humans; Independent Living; Malnutrition; Mass Screening; Nurse's Role; Nursing Evaluation Research; State Medicine
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:33933
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:30 Apr 2020 15:40
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:21


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