Malnutrition Matters

Malnutrition Matters
Last Updated on March 13, 2022

The Case for MQii

Malnutrition, sometimes referred to as “poor nutrition,” is the inadequate intake of nutrients, particularly protein, over time and can occur in people who are both underweight or overweight (including obese). It is a highly burdensome condition that places a great burden on patients, providers, and the broader healthcare system. The MQii seeks to address this problem through identification and appropriate treatment malnourished individuals. More details on the prevalence and burden of malnutrition are outlined below.

Malnutrition Is A Highly Preventable Condition

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Malnutrition affects 20–50% of patients, who are at risk of becoming or are malnourished.1

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Malnutrition is typically only diagnosed in 8% of hospitalized patients, leaving many potentially undiagnosed and untreated.2

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Up to 31% of malnourished patients and 38% of well-nourished patients experience nutritional decline during their hospitals stays.3

Malnutrition Poses a Significant Burden to Patients and Hospitals

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maximum likelihood of in-hospital death compared to general patient population.2

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higher likelihood of 30-day readmissions, with septicemia as the leading diagnosis upon readmission.2

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higher costs for a malnourished patient hospital stay compared to non-malnourished patients.4

Addressing Malnutrition Can Improve Patient Outcomes and Lower Costs

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reduction in 30-day readmission rates for a multi-hospital ACO that optimized its malnutrition care.5

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in cost savings generated by a 4-hospital system that implemented a nutrition-focused quality improvement program.6

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relative reduction in readmission risk for malnourished patients with a nutrition care plan vs those patients without a care plan.7

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Malnutrition Evidence Library

The evidence library contains references and links to the most recent and relevant scientific articles reflecting the evidence that supports the malnutrition care workflow, malnutrition quality measures and the need for malnutrition quality improvement more broadly. The articles span a myriad of topics, and are ordered by most recently updated. 5 articles are displayed here; please  click ‘See All’ below to navigate to the entire evidence library.


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