NSA: Costs of Nutrition Screening (2018)
While payers and administrators recognize the excess costs of caring for malnourished patients, understanding the costs of the malnutrition creening process would be useful in allocating resources. Very limited data on the costs of the malnutrition (undernutrition) screening procedure were found and are presented below.
Additional research is encouraged to better understand the costs and benefits of malnutrition screening, especially within the US healthcare system. Determining the costs of malnutrition screening, assessment, diagnosis, and intervention would be valuable to administrators who develop staffing models for malnutrition screening programs so that adequate follow-up is available. Thus, researchers should collect data on the cost of screening procedures, the costs of inaccurate screening tests, and the impact of interventions for individuals in which screening results indicate a risk for malnutrition.
What are the costs of the malnutrition screening procedure?
The costs of the malnutrition screening procedure per hospital patient in the Netherlands ranged from €2 (approximately $2.27 US) (Short Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire) in 2003 to €3.27 (approximately $2.93 US) (Mini-Nutrition Assessment-Short Form) in 2001.
- Grade I means there is Good/Strong evidence supporting the statement;
- Grade II is Fair;
- Grade III is Limited/Weak;
- Grade IV is Expert Opinion Only;
- Grade V is Not Assignable.
- High (A) means we are very confident that the true effect lies close to that of the estimate of the effect;
- Moderate (B) means we are moderately confident in the effect estimate;
- Low (C) means our confidence in the effect estimate is limited;
- Very Low (D) means we have very little confidence in the effect estimate.
Evidence Summary: What are the costs of the malnutrition screening procedure?
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- Kruizenga H, Van Tulder M, Seidell J, Thijs A, Ader H, Van Bokhorst-de van der Schueren M. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of early screening and treatment of malnourished patients. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2005; 82:1,082-1,089.
- Rypkema G, Adang E, Dicke H, Naber T, de Swart B, Disselhorst L, Golüke-Willemse G, Olde Rikkert M. Cost-effectiveness of an interdisciplinary intervention in geriatric inpatients to prevent malnutrition. The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. 2004; 8:122-127.
Search Plan and Results: NSCRA: Costs of Nutrition Screening (2017)