Nutrition clinic

Managing malnutrition: identifying and treating unintentional weight loss in adults

Elisabeth Isenring, Judy Bauer, Merrilyn Banks, Michelle Miller



Early identification and management of malnutrition by primary healthcare teams led by general practitioners can lead to a better quality of life and improved health outcomes for patients.

Article Extract

Malnutrition is defined as a state of nutrition in which deficiency or excess of energy, protein and other nutrients causes measurable adverse effects on body composition, function and clinical outcome. Malnutrition exists across all healthcare settings, with prevalence ranging from 10 to 30% in the community, 30 to 50% in the acute care setting and 40 to 70% in the residential aged care setting. Despite it being a major health concern internationally and in Australia, malnutrition continues to be under-recognised and therefore under-treated.