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Key Messages "Nutrient adequacy, a result of consumption of sufficient amounts of all essential nutrients and energy to meet individual requirements, is a prerequisite for normal growth, development and health. " Two thirds or more of hospital patients suffer from malnutrition at initial presentation. "A variety of standardized methodological tools to assess, restore and maintain nutritional status are available. " "A holistic approach is advised, including processes of screening for malnutrition, assessing nutritional status, diagnosing specific deficiencies, and designing and implementing an appropriate medical nutrition therapy plan. " Health professionals should be aware of and use available methodological and interpretive tools to assist them in this important task.
- Faculty of Health Sciences