The growing focus on Quality Improvement in healthcare has evolved from being “important” to “essential”. Improving patient outcomes, processes, and efficiencies is key, and a formal QI program can help achieve those goals.
Malnutrition impacts both patients and hospitals
Malnutrition is a hidden cause of1,2:
Malnutrition is prevalent in the hospital environment
Nationwide assessment of hospital patient nutrition status12
*Data from 2012-2013 study collected from ASPEN, AMSN and SHM members, plus 1,777 unique email addresses.
An individualized, nutrition-focused Quality Improvement program can lead to achievable results8,13-16
For at-risk patients:
How a QI nutrition program impacted St. Francis Healthcare15,16
Optimized nutrition screening and intervention resulted in significant
To make improvements, an organization needs to understand its own system and key processes
Goals & Results
Adapted from HRSA : http://www.hrsa.gov/quality/toolbox/methodology/qualityimprovement
The national report can be accessed at www.abbottnutrition.com/eqip
Data from the November 2015 eQIP National Report from 48,732 adult hospital patients (aged 18 years and older) collected from June through September 2015.
Quality Improvement resources
We have curated literature supporting quality improvement in healthcare that highlights the impacts specific to nutrition care. Download the PDFs below for summaries of some of the studies related to QI and nutrition.
The five-year evolution of a malnutrition treatment program in a community hospital.
Detailed information on the five-year St. Francis Hospital patient care quality improvement project in Wilmington, Delaware.Download this article abstract which includes the study design. PDF(34 KB)
Nutritional screening of elderly patients: a health improvement approach to practice.
Information on a quality improvement nutrition intervention study using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) in elderly patients.Download this article abstract which includes the study design. PDF(28 KB)
Assessment of food intake in hospitalized patients: a 10-year comparative study of a prospective hospital survey.
Study design for a 10-year food quality control and improvement process including a protein-energy needs comparison among hospitalized patients.Download this article abstract which includes the study design. PDF(28 KB)
Early recognition of malnutrition in the older adult: a quality improvement project using a standardized nutritional tool.
Study design for a quality improvement project identifying nutritional status of older adults in primary care, and interventions to improve clinical outcomes.Download this article abstract which includes the study design. PDF(29 KB)
Download our QI presentation.
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