This guide, produced by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the Malnutrition Task Force, covers the principles, and the moral, legal, quality and financial considerations in tackling malnutrition in older people in the UK. It explains best practice, and presents practical advice and support for workers in health care, social care and care provided by voluntary organisations.
“The Malnutrition Task Force (MTF) is an independent group of experts across health, social care and local government who have joined forces to address the problem of preventable malnutrition and dehydration in older people living in the UK”.
Read more: New Malnutrition Guide for UK.
Section headings in this document address the following topics:
- About malnutrition.
- The case for change.
- Best practice principles:
- Principle 1: Raising awareness to prevent and treat malnutrition.
- Principle 2: Working together.
- Principle 3: Identifying malnutrition.
- Principle 4: Personalising care, support and treatment.
- Principle 5: Monitoring and evaluating.
- Engaging older people and carers.
- Making the changes.
- Preparing to make the change.
- Knowing where you are and where you want to be.
- Making it happen.
- Measuring, monitoring and embedding your changes.
Brotherton, A. McIntyre, L. Roberts, J. [et al] for The Malnutrition Task Force (2013). Prevention and early intervention of malnutrition in later life. Best practice principles and implementation guide: a local community approach. London: British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the Malnutrition Task Force, May 9th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].