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The key responsibilities of GPs in the identification and management of malnutrition are outlined in the BAPEN Malnutrition Matters Commitment to Act document:

  1. Broadcast to primary care professionals the need to treat reported malnutrition in addition to seeing weight loss as a red flag for investigation
  2. Consider psychosocial assessment as part of its investigation, rather than just looking for organic causes
  3. Use treatment guidelines, such as in the malnutrition pathway, to balance when a food first approach or ONS prescribing is indicated

A number of resources have been developed for to assist GPs in identifying and managing patients at risk of malnutrition in the community including:

Further reading on Managing Malnutrition in the Community can be found in the BJGP article ‘Managing malnutrition in the community: we will all gain from finding and feeding the frail’

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