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Malnutrition Screening: An Interprofessional Approach in Outpatient Oncology.

PMID: 32441690 (view PubMed database entry)
DOI: 10.1188/20.cjon.e28-e33 (read at publisher's website )

Chelsey K Schneider, Toby Bressler,

BACKGROUND:Malnutrition is highly prevalent in the oncology population and is associated with poor treatment outcomes. OBJECTIVES:This study aimed to implement a malnutrition screening process using a validated tool in three outpatient cancer centers. METHODS:Nursing and nutrition department leaders collaborated to establish malnutrition screening. The Malnutrition Screening Tool (MST) was embedded in the electronic health record. Based on the MST, a score of 2 or greater is considered at risk for malnutrition. Nurses were educated on screening all patients completing their first cycle of infusion chemotherapy. Data were collected for six months. FINDINGS:Interprofessional collaboration established a process to implement malnutrition screening. Twenty-eight percent of patients with cancer were at risk for malnutrition. Fifty-three percent were at risk for malnutrition based on MST scores of 2. Compliance with the MST at first infusion visit was 30%-81% across the three cancer centers.

Clin J Oncol Nurs (Clinical journal of oncology nursing)
[2020, 24(3):E28-E33]

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