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Health Trends. 1990;22(1):9-13.

Nutritional support in hospitals in the United Kingdom: national survey 1988.

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Central Middlesex Hospital, London NW10 7NS.


The increasing sophistication of enteral and total parenteral nutritional support techniques has resulted in improvements in the clinical practice of such support in recent years. This survey was designed to establish current clinical practice in the management of nutritionally-compromised hospital patients in 206 districts in the United Kingdom. However, despite recent developments in these techniques, the response revealed a wide variation in the practice of clinical nutritional support. The results also indicate that in each district there should be a group of people, with an interest in clinical nutrition, to monitor and advise on nutritional support. It is suggested that, a national multidisciplinary group should be formed, similar to the American and European Societies of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. The group would promote the appropriate use of, and research into, nutritional support specifically for the nutritionally compromised patient in the United Kingdom.

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