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Global Perspectives: Nutrition Care as a Human Right


‐ Oct 7, 2021 12:15pm

Despite ongoing efforts by several nutrition societies and researchers around the world, the impact of hospital related malnutrition remains a significant healthcare concern. While there are multiple contributing factors that vary in each setting, there is a common desire across nations to influence public policy to improve nutrition care for hospitalized patients. A recent, large international effort has led to the recognition of the right to nutritional care being a fundamental human right that is closely linked to the right to health and food. Nutritional care rights include being screened for malnutrition, diagnosis and assessment, and food and evidence-based nutrition therapy.

In this session, experts from ASPEN, BAPEN and CNS will introduce the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act and a new Malnutrition Standard for Hospitals as examples of cutting-edge initiatives upon which public policy for improved nutrition care and dietitian access can be built. Strategies on how to engage patients to advocate for nutrition and lessons from current national efforts on gathering patient perspectives will also be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to state why nutrition care is a human right.
  • Become familiar with the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act and its potential impact on improving patient access to dietitians.
  • Learn about the recommendations from the new Malnutrition Standard for acute care hospitals.
  • Gain an understanding of how patient engagement can be utilized to advocate for better nutrition.