Malnutrition in Canadian Hospitals - Why We Should Act
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About one in two patients are malnourished at admission and this malnutrition often persists during hospitalization and at discharge. Malnutrition at admission and nutritional decline during hospitalization are independent factors associated with extended length of stay, increased mortality and/or re-admission. There are several factors contributing to this malnutrition and some of these factors are correctable and need to be addressed in order to improve the nutritional status of our patients. This is important and requires a multidisciplinary approach where all health professionals involved in patient care have the responsibility to screen, detect and act to treat or prevent malnutrition.
Johane Allard, MD, FRCPC
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Division of Clinical Investigation & Human Physiology
Toronto General Research Institute
Toronto General Hospital
Dr Johane Allard MD FRCP is a professor of Medicine, cross-appointed to the Department of Nutritional Sciences, member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute. She is an expert in Nutrition and gastrointestinal disorders. She is presently conducting research in the area of nutrition support, hospital malnutrition, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, bariatric surgery and intestinal microbiome. She is the Department Director of Gastroenterology at the University of Toronto, and the past Division Head at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She has been the Chair of the Canadian Royal College Examining Board for Gastroenterology and the first president and co-founder of the Canadian Society for Clinical Nutrition, now called the Canadian Nutrition Society. She has co-chaired the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. She graduated in Medicine from University of Montreal, did her gastroenterology training at McGill University before doing a fellowship in Nutrition at the University of Toronto.
*** Original Source: "CNS Fall Webinar Series", Monday, September 28, 2015
Last Updated: October 28, 2015
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