Around 80 multi-disciplinary top experts from across eight European countries have signed a Charter for Optimal Nutritional Care to commit to end disease-related malnutrition and provide optimal nutritional care for patients in all healthcare settings, including hospitals, care homes and in home care.
The European Nutrition for Health Alliance works with key stakeholders to improve nutritional care across Europe by actively promoting:
1. Implementation of nutrition risk screening across Europe
2. Public awareness
3. Appropriate reimbursement policies
4. Medical education
Our research demonstrates the impact of malnutrition on both individuals and health and social care systems. Recent research by the European Nutrition for Health Alliance found that:
- 20% of care home residents were malnourished and a further 30% are at risk
- Malnourished patients spent three additional days in hospital per hospital stay;
- Those diagnosed with nutrition problems in the community consumed an additional £1003/€1,128 in healthcare resources over six months compared to a similar well-nourished patient including twice as many general practitioners visits;
- Malnutrition in the community was an independent predictor of mortality regardless of age and co-morbidity.
With our large network of members, partners and expertise giving a truly European perspective, ENHA is at the forefront of developing good nutritional practice.
The Optimal Nutritional Care for All (ONCA) campaign
ENHA is the driving force behind the Optimal Nutritional Care for All (ONCA) campaign, which is a multi-stakeholder initiative to facilitate greater screening for risk of disease-related malnutrition/undernutrition and nutritional care implementation across Europe. Click below for more details:
European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing
Ensuring Good Nutrition in Europe - Nutrition is a basic need
MNI in partnership with ESPEN awarded prize for fighting malnutrition
ENHA's “Optimal Nutritional Care for All” (ONCA) conference will begin next Tuesday in Brussels.
MNI grant videos now available
'Patient perspectives on nutrition' booklet now available to download