Ensuring Healthy Nutrition At Home May Significantly Cut Down Visits To Doctor: Study

When patients at risk for malnutrition received a comprehensive nutrition care program to aid in their recovery, their risk of being hospitalised was significantly reduced

NDTV Food Desk  |  Updated: June 24, 2019 17:16 IST

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Ensuring Healthy Nutrition At Home May Significantly Cut Down Visits To Doctor: Study

The researchers also said that by eating healthy, the healthcare costs were reduced

How seriously do you take your nutrition? It's time you start being mindful of your nutrition at home. From what you add to your plate, to your meal timings and portion sizes, make sure you keep tab on all aspects of nutrition. According to a latest study, implementing a nutrition care plan at home for patients at risk for malnutrition had a dramatic impact on helping keep them out of the hospital. The study was published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

"Our goal as a home healthcare provider is to help patients get back on their feet as quickly as possible and to keep them out of the hospital," said study lead author Katie Riley from Advocate Aurora Health in the US.Paying attention to nutrition care helps promote patients' strength and prevents them from going back to the hospital, which ultimately reduces healthcare costs, she said.

More than 1,500 home health patients were followed for 90 days. The findings revealed that when patients at risk for malnutrition received a comprehensive nutrition care program to aid in their recovery, their risk of being hospitalised was significantly reduced by 24 per cent in the first 30 days, nearly 23 per cent after 60 days and 18 per cent after 90 days.

The researchers also said that by eating healthy, their healthcare costs were reduced by more than $2.3 million or about $1,500 per patient at risk for malnutrition.

"Healthcare systems are driven to improve patient care while reducing costs. Our research shows that prioritising nutrition across different settings of care - from hospital to home - can significantly cut costs while improving patients' health," said study co-author Suela Sulo.

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