Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics Validation Study (MCC)
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02182427
Recruitment Status :
First Posted : July 8, 2014
Last Update Posted : January 27, 2016
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alison Steiber, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Malnutrition (under-nutrition) occurs in approximately 30% of hospitalized adults worldwide and results in poor outcomes. However there is no universal method for diagnosing malnutrition. A group of experts created a set of 6 characteristics to identify malnutrition. The goal of this project is to determine whether these characteristics are the best indicators to identify malnutrition or if there are other factors that may better identify malnutrition. Because there is no gold standard definition for malnutrition, the investigators will compare the characteristics against outcomes such as length of stay, hospital readmission and death. Outcomes are also influenced by disease state, therefore, information on what brought the patient to the hospital and what happened to them in the hospital will be collected that allows the investigators to separate the effect of malnutrition from disease. The hypothesis for this study is that the malnutrition clinical characteristics and diagnosis criteria, as presented by the experts, are valid and reliable principles for the diagnosis of adult under-nutrition.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
All eligible patients (according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria seen below) who are admitted to one of the following acute care facilities: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and St. John's Westshore in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Patient on inpatient dietitian consult list
Able to speak English to answer questions
Ability to provide informed consent (or provided by family member)
Expected remaining admission time > 24 hours (determined by no mention of pending discharge in physicians notes)
Age ≥ 18 years
Seen previously by Registered Dietitian during current admission
Patient on hospice or palliative care, in a psychiatric, maternity, pediatric or day surgery area, or in dedicated trauma or burn unit.
Life expectancy <7 days per physician note or Registered Dietitian (RD) judgment
Participated in the study during a previous admission