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Nutrition plays an essential role in the delivery of quality care and positive outcomes. 1 This means that evidence-based, targeted nutrition should become a key element of any successful patient care program.

Quality Improvement (QI) demonstrates the value of nutrition by aligning quality practice improvement with the facility’s clinical and financial goals.

The science is clear. Decades of research supports that prioritizing nutritional needs may lead to faster recovery times, lower rates of complications, and an overall improvement in quality. 1

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QI is an ongoing process and the value to an organization increases as projects are maintained and refined. This value further increases as individuals, teams, and facilities develop their own QI knowledge and experiences.


  1. Tappenden AK, et al. Critical role of nutrition in improving quality of care: an interdisciplinary call to action to address adult hospital malnutrition. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013;113:1219-1237.

Support Resources

The following resources may help support ongoing involvement with the QI process.