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Tackling Malnutrition in Community: Transitions between hospital and home


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Heather Keller



Heather Keller RD PhD,
Schlegel Research Chair, Nutrition & Aging, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and University of Waterloo

Transitions from hospital to home for patients who are malnourished are a potentially vulnerable period as a result of short admissions and continuing recovery post discharge. Research to date indicates that there are gaps in care in most Canadian communities and that these transitions can be improved. More-2-Eat Phase 1 demonstrated that identification of risk and starting of treatment in hospital led to continued use of treatments to benefit patients post discharge. Linking up the hospital and community sector is another key strategy to continue recovery of malnourished patients and support recovery and reduce further health events (e.g. ER admission, readmission, exacerbated morbidity). The CNS Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF) has recently created and validated a pathway of care to support transitions of malnourished patients to primary care settings. Development of the pathway and next steps will be discussed.


By the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  1. Be aware of the identified gaps in nutrition care for malnourished patients in transition from hospital to home in Canada.
  2. Understand the contrast between current practice and ideal practice for primary care nutrition.
  3. Be able to use the CMTF primary care pathway as an initiator of dialogue within their region to promote transition nutrition care.

About the Speaker:

Heather Keller RD PhD is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and University of Waterloo. She is an internationally recognized expert in geriatric nutrition, assessment, and treatment. Research areas are focused on nutrition risk and malnutrition identification and treatment across health care sectors; improving nutrition care in hospital; self-management and using screening in the community to improve nutritional status; institutional food and promoting and improving food intake, especially for vulnerable older adults, including those living with dementia. Professor Keller has led several national research and knowledge translation projects and published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and translates much of this evidence into practice with tools and resources. She is past chair/co-chair (2009-2018) of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force and currently leads the Primary Care working Group of CMTF.

** Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Monday, October 5, 2020


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Last Updated: June 21, 2021

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