Preventing malnutrition in prison
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Preventing malnutrition in prison

Bethan Leach Dietitian for offender health, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, East Oxford Health Centre, Oxford.
Sarah Goodwin Independent healthcare adviser, The Oxford Healthcare Partnership, Oxford.

Vulnerable patient groups are at increased risk of malnutrition. This article focuses on the importance of ensuring that the nutritional needs of those in institutional settings, in particular prisons, are met. Offenders often present with a number of health and social factors which can lead to a high risk of malnutrition. The consequences of malnutrition are significant, ranging from delayed recovery to increased mortality. The treatment of malnutrition is discussed in this article from detection through to management and monitoring. Adequate nutrition is a basic human right and those in prison should be provided with healthy food choices to optimise health.

Nursing Standard. 28, 20, 50-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.01.28.20.50.e7900

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 19 May 2013

Accepted: 07 October 2013

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