Knowledge and practice among dietitians in four Western European countries regarding malnutrition, starvation, cachexia and sarcopenia

Lies ter Beek, Erika Vanhauwaert, Frode Slinde, Ylva Orrevall, Christine Henriksen, Madelene Johansson, Carine Vereecken, Elisabet Rothenberg, Harriët Jager-Wittenaar

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Adequate distinction between malnutrition, starvation, cachexia and sarcopenia is important in clinical care. Despite the overlap in physical characteristics, differences in etiology have therapeutical and prognostic implications. We aimed to determine whether dietitians in selected European countries have ‘proper knowledge’ of malnutrition, starvation, cachexia and sarcopenia, and use terminology accordingly.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • clinical care
  • malnutrition
  • dietitians

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