Most places have physician-led programs to coordinate transitional care. Nurses or social workers also have a role. But…what about dietitians? Is nutrition in the transitional care not that important?
Dietitians, the nutrition experts, have a role (and opportunity) here to be an active participant of the discharging-planning process. What I want to highlight from this article is the importance of the systematic screening that should be done at discharge. Yes, nutrition screening not only done at admission but also at discharge. Especially older adults may have lots of barriers to eat well at discharge. Who is going to prepare meals? Can he or she eat alone or assistance is needed? Does the patient understand the role of nutrition in recovery? Nutrition screening at discharge is a new concept that can improve recovery, provide timely nutrition services and prevent complications and readmission. This, will ultimately save money with little effort.
This is one way to show how nutrition is an essential part of health promotion and disease prevention with a potential health care cost reduction. Don't you think?