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While now is the time to focus on patient nutrition, clinicians must understand that effective care requires a team approach. The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition wants to make collaboration and action easy for healthcare professionals:
Unfortunately, malnutrition continues to go unrecognized and untreated in many hospitalized patients. The interdisciplinary Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition wants to highlight the critical role of nutrition intervention in clinical care and to suggest practical ways to promptly diagnose and treat malnourished patients and those at risk for malnutrition. Although data vary across studies, available evidence shows that nutrition intervention can improve patient outcomes. The key is to systematically identify patients who are malnourished or at risk and to promptly intervene.