The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Editorial. Malnutrition in hospitals

Lean, Mike and Wiseman, Martin (2008) Editorial. Malnutrition in hospitals BMJ, 336, (290) (doi:10.1136/bmj.39449.723090.80).

Record type: Article


Malnutrition is a common cause and consequence of illness, particularly in older people. The number of malnourished people leaving NHS hospitals in England has risen by 85% over the past 10 years. It is still rising and reached almost 140 000 in 2006-7.1 Surveys elsewhere consistently find that about 20% of patients in general hospitals are malnourished (body mass index <18.5 (the World Health Organization 1995 cut off for malnutrition), or thin and losing weight, or both). Figures are higher if specific nutrient deficiencies or functional indications of malnutrition are included.
Despite the frequency of malnutrition, it is undiagnosed in up to 70% of patients. This is partly because of the lack of simple laboratory tests, and because biochemical tests for nutritional status are difficult to interpret, particularly as they are often influenced by acute phase responses to inflammation in sick patients.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 9 February 2008


Local EPrints ID: 80045
ISSN: 0959-8138
PURE UUID: 5152bc44-06bf-4a33-8112-71fb8bd70ffc

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 23 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:15

Export record



Author: Mike Lean
Author: Martin Wiseman

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.