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Medical nutrition: a cost-effective pillar in therapeutic interventions


 At a Satellite Symposium organised by Nestlé Health Science during the annual meeting of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) in Bilbao (Spain), experts from clinical, regulatory and public health fields presented a strong body of evidence demonstrating the clinical and health economic value of medical nutrition interventions. The evidence showed that HTAs can be applied to medical nutrition, as a Europe-wide shift towards protocols for nutritional screening, diagnostic and care accelerates.

Key messages of this symposium were:

•    Health Technology Assessments successfully applied to medical nutrition to prove value
•    Disease Related Malnutrition seen as a major hospital and community public health issue
•    Europe-wide shift underway to implement protocols for nutritional screening, diagnostics and care

To view the video of each speaker, click on each headline

“Medical nutrition: the European regulatory viewpoint”

Patrick Coppens
Director International Food and Health Law and Scientific Affairs – EAS Brussels
President of the Belgian National Food and Health Plan Undernutrition Task Force


“Medical nutrition in therapeutic interventions in inpatient and outpatient care”

Prof. Dr. Mercèdes Planas Vila, MD
 Intensivist & Nutritionist,  Prof. of Facultat de Ciències de la Salut.
Universitat de Vic. Barcelona, Spain.
Vice-President of SENPE (Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral)
Council member of ESPEN (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism)


“A public health perspective on a cost-saving intervention”

 Prof. Dr. Mark Nuijten, MD, PhD
CEO of Ars Accessus Medica,  the Netherlands
Founder of Minerva International Health Economic Network.


“HTA of immunonutrition in the hospital setting”  

Prof. Dr. Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen,  MD, PhD
Medical Director &  Head of the Health Technology Assessment Department,
University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland

Key documents and links