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Doctors must tackle patients' nutritional needs, report says

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:64
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Doctors are being asked to pay more attention to patients' nutritional status, something they have neglected in the past and which can delay recovery and cause many health problems, says a report from the Royal College of Physicians.

    Although obesity now affects 20% of adults in Britain, up to 40% of the patients admitted to hospital and 10% of patients in the community are undernourished, says Nutrition and Patients: A Doctor's Responsibility, …

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