This guideline covers identifying and caring for adults who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition in hospital or in their own home or a care home. It offers advice on how oral, enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition support should be started, administered and stopped. It aims to support healthcare professionals identify malnourished people and help them to choose the most appropriate form of support.

Recommendations

This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • All healthcare workers in hospital and the community who are directly involved in patient care
  • People who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition in hospital or in their own home or a care home and their families and carers

Is this guideline up to date?

We reviewed the evidence in May 2014. We found nothing that affects the recommendations in this guideline.

Next review: 2018

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

This guideline was previously called nutrition support in adults: oral nutrition support, enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.