Published: 9 March 2020
Author(s): Ricardo Marinho, Ana Pessoa, Marta Lopes, João Rosinhas, João Pinho, Joana Silveira, Ana Amado, Sandra Silva, Bruno M.P.M. Oliveira, Aníbal Marinho, Harriët Jager-Wittenaar
Issue: March 2020
Section: Original article

Malnutrition has been described as a state resulting from lack of intake or uptake of nutrition that leads to altered body composition and body cell mass, leading to diminished physical and mental function and impaired clinical outcome from illness [1]. Malnutrition is associated with increased risk of mortality, higher hospitalization costs [2,3], increased length of stay, high readmission rates, and impaired recovery [4].

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