Enhancing nutrition screening in patients with kidney disease
Intended for healthcare professionals
Evidence and practice    

Enhancing nutrition screening in patients with kidney disease

Helena Jackson Renal dietitian, renal administration, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To refresh your knowledge of malnutrition in people with kidney disease

  • To understand how to undertake nutrition screening in this patient group

  • To familiarise yourself with some of the specific tools that can be used for nutrition screening in people with kidney disease

Malnutrition is common in patients with kidney disease, and can exacerbate the individual and economic burden of the condition. The identification of malnutrition is essential to inform management interventions and improve patient outcomes, and nutrition screening can be considered the first stage in this process. The development of simple nutrition screening tools has assisted nurses in undertaking widespread, rapid assessments of patients’ malnutrition risk. However, generic tools may not be appropriate or accurate in patients with kidney disease. This article explains some of the challenges of identifying malnutrition in this patient group and outlines some disease-specific tools that nurses can use to enhance nutrition screening.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11934

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Jackson H (2023) Enhancing nutrition screening in patients with kidney disease. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11934

Published online: 07 August 2023

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