Improving Malnutrition in Hospitalized Older Adults: The Development, Optimization, and Use of a Supportive ToolkitMalnutrition is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, especially among older adults. However, diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition in the hospital setting are often overlooked. In recent years, quality improvement (QI) initiatives to increase the assessment and treatment of malnutrition in hospital settings have been implemented and shown to improve both patient health and economic outcomes. The Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) Toolkit was designed in an effort to support hospitals seeking to implement malnutrition QI initiatives.
Effectiveness of the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative on Practitioner Malnutrition Knowledge and Screening, Diagnosis, and Timeliness of Malnutrition-Related Care Provided to Older Adults Admitted to a Tertiary Care Facility: A Pilot StudyMalnutrition is present in 30% to 50% of hospitalized patients aged 60 years or older. As few as 3.2% of patients identified as high risk have a malnutrition diagnosis documented by medical providers. The Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) aims to reduce the burden of hospital malnutrition by improving the process and delivery of care.