Physical Frailty

Adherence matters

The use of medical nutrition in malnourished populations has clinically proven benefits, including reducing the risk of complications and improving mortality rates.1,2 However, for the patients to receive the full benefits of medical nutrition it is important that they adhere to their prescribed regimen. One of the key product-related barriers to adherence is volume.

Often, patients only consume between 30-60% of their prescribed supplement3

Danone Nutricia Research continues to invest in innovative solutions that optimise patient adherence, including the ability to deliver medical nutrition containing the same optimal nutritional values in around 50% of the original volume. Additionally, we invite older people, dietitians and other healthcare professionals to give early feedback on different flavours in development. Just two examples out of many as in the end optimising patient adherence starts with understanding the patient needs, drivers and barriers. 

1.
Medical Nutrition International Industry (MNI) (2018). Better care through better nutrition: Value and effects of Medical Nutrition. Retrieved from: https://medicalnutritionindustry.com/files/user_upload/documents/medical_nutrition/2018_MNI_Dossier_Final_web.pdf.
2.
Bauer JM et al. JAMDA 16 (2015) 740-747. .
3.
Lancet. 2013 March 2; 381(9868): 752–762. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4098658/ .