Background & aims:
The Australasian Nutrition Care Day Survey (ANCDS) ascertained if malnutrition and poor food intake are independent risk factors for health-related outcomes in Australian and New Zealand hospital patients.
Phase 1 recorded nutritional status (Subjective Global Assessment) and 24-h food intake (0, 25, 50, 75, 100% intake). Outcomes data (Phase 2) were collected 90-days post-Phase 1 and included length of hospital stay (LOS), readmissions and in-hospital mortality.
Of 3122 participants (47% females, 65±18 years) from 56 hospitals, 32% were malnourished and 23% consumed≤25% of the offered food. Malnourished patients had greater median LOS (15 days vs. 10 days, p
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