Cost Benefit of Nutrition Support

Reyes, Renato M.
March 2002
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition;2002 Supplement, Vol. 11, pS43
Academic Journal
With the escalating costs of health care, the system is currently undergoing scrutiny by consumers, policy makers, payers and the medical community. It therefore becomes imperative that medical nutrition support be proven to be effective in treatting diseases and preventing disease complications resulting in health benefits to the patients and cost savings to the health care providers. The following clinical settings, situations and medical conditions has lent itself to critical assessment on the cost benefit and cost effectiveness of nutritional support: A. cost effectiveness of nutrition support teams B. patients with functioning gut unable to maintain adequate nutrition C. patients with intestinal failure D. patients with surgical/medical gastrointestinal conditions and/ or complications E. critically ill patients F. preoperative preparation of malnourished surgical patients G. nutritional support of the head injured patients H. early postoperative enteral feeding I. perioperative immunonutrition J. pharmacoeconomics in cancer K. nutritional support in home care. There is growing body of evidence by metanalysis and evidence based review of world literature showing the benefits of nutritional support in terms of reduced infectious complications, reduced period of critical and intensive care, reduced morbidity and mortality rates and shorter hospital stay.


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