Malnutrition is both a cause and consequence of disease. It is imperative that evidence-based approaches to detect and treat malnutrition are embedded into routine practice; these can range from routine malnutrition screening, the safe and appropriate use of enteral feeding and managing more complex patients with intestinal failure. This article outlines service developments over the next 5 years that may enable all hospitals to achieve optimal standards of care for a malnourished patient and examines the role of developments in clinical nutrition over the next 5–10 years.
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