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Postoperative oral nutritional supplementation improved nutritional status and quality of life in malnourished patients

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QUESTION: Does postoperative oral nutritional supplementation improve nutritional status, morbidity, and quality of life in malnourished patients?


Randomised {allocation not concealed},* blinded {patients},* controlled trial with follow up for 10 weeks.


A university hospital in Scotland, UK.


109 patients who were admitted to hospital for elective gastrointestinal or vascular surgery and had malnutrition (defined as ≥1 of the following: a body mass index ≤20 kg/m2, a triceps skinfold thickness (TSF) or mid arm muscle circumference (MAMC) ≤ the 15th centile, or a weight loss ≥5% between admission and resumption of oral intake by the eighth postoperative day). Patients were excluded if they required parenteral nutrition, were pregnant or lactating, or had terminal diseases, …

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  • Source of funding: Abbott Laboratories.

  • For correspondence: Dr A H Beattie, Department of Digestive Diseases and Clinical Nutrition, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK.

  • * Information provided by author.