New systematic reviews show that managing malnutrition with oral nutritional supplements benefits the whole healthcare system
These comprehensive reviews have shown that managing malnutrition with ONS can produce an average cost saving of around 10% compared to standard care across a broad range of patient groups. Also, the meta-analyses in hospitalised patients show that ONS use is associated with fewer deaths, a reduction in complications and shorter length of hospital stays.
Learn more about the findings
- As presented at the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) congress - focusing on health economics and nutrition and gathering together top health economists from across the globe - in Milan in July 2015. Excerpts from the presentations and interviews with the authors can be found in this informative video:
- This video animation showcases the negative consequences of malnutrition and the cost-effective management with ONS. Don’t miss this engaging resource cartoon!
Video animation in several languages:
MNI has developed the infographic below to help tell the story of why managing malnutrition with ONS benefits the whole healthcare system.
Read more about the two systematic reviews
The systematic reviews were undertaken by experts in clinical nutrition and health economics in a variety of healthcare settings and disciplines from across Europe.
Free access to the full text of both reviews is available via the following links:
- A systematic review of the cost and cost-effectiveness of using standard oral nutritional supplements in the hospital setting
- A systematic review of the cost and cost-effectiveness of using standard oral nutritional supplements in the community and care home settings
For a brief overview of the key findings, we encourage you to read the summaries that have been prepared:
- Summary of the systematic review of the cost and cost-effectiveness of using standard ONS in the hospital setting
- Summary of the systematic review of the cost and cost effectiveness of using standard oral nutritional supplements in the community and care home settings.
- For more information on the symposium entitled ‘Delivering Cost Savings and Clinical Benefits in Disease-Related Malnutrition: Can We Afford Not To?’ You can read the meeting report written for Medical Nutrition International Industry (MNI) by Fionna Page.
- Short background information on Disease Related Malnutrition Glossary of terms