Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

Written by on May 16, 2013. Posted in Nutrition Support


Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

Every day malnutrition has a devastating effect on our patients’ health. As many as 1 in 3 patients enter the hospital malnourished and more become malnourished during their stay.1–4 As you know, malnutrition can delay recovery, increase medical complications and extend length of stay. With the changing healthcare landscape now placing an urgent emphasis on improving quality of patient care and reducing overall costs, now is the time to elevate the role nutrition plays in better outcomes for hospitalized patients.

We are very excited to share with you that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a founding member of the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition an interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to transforming patient outcomes through the power of prescriptive nutrition. The Alliance is comprised of leaders from the Academy, The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, The American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, The Society of Hospital Medicine and Abbott, representing more than 100,000 nurses, registered dietitians, hospitalists and other physicians from across the nation.

Registered dieticians are the most knowledgeable professionals about patient nutrition, and can serve as a vital source of information on the positive impact of nutrition on the quality of patient care – as well as a key driver of nutritional collaboration among all hospital clinicians. Now, more than ever, it is essential that all clinicians work together to ensure that our patients get the most comprehensive and effective treatment they deserve.

We believe that this is the beginning of a successful campaign to raise awareness about hospital malnutrition, institute measures that enhance clinician collaboration, and implement nutrition best practices across a variety of hospital settings. Visit and learn how you can collaborate with other clinicians to make a difference in your hospital. Here, you can access a wide range of information, insights and tools, ranging from the latest research studies on patient malnutrition to continuing education opportunities.