Demonstrating the value of nutrition in improving patient outcomes and reducing costs across the continuum of care

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

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Dr. Refaat Hegazi, Director, Medical Affairs, Abbott Nutrition
Dr. Suela Sulo, Director, Health Economics Outcomes Research, Abbott Nutrition

Malnutrition poses a significant burden on the health and economic outcomes of patients across different settings of care. Evidence of benefit for early nutrition interventions in at-risk/malnourished patient populations is growing, with the need to effectively implement evidence into clinical practice.  Identification and treatment of malnutrition through nutrition-focused quality improvement programs (QIP) has been found to be effective in acute and post-acute settings of care in reducing hospital admissions/readmissions, hospital length of stay, healthcare resource use and costs. In this presentation, we will discuss the economic burden of malnutrition, the effectiveness of nutrition QIPs on improving patient outcomes of at-risk/malnourished patients and different approaches to implementing similar QIPs at one’s institution.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe the burden of malnutrition in Canada and beyond

2. Review the effects of nutrition interventions in hospitalized populations

3. Discuss comprehensive nutrition programs with positive outcomes in acute and post-acute settings

4. Identify approaches to implement comprehensive nutrition programs at one’s institution

About the Speakers:

Dr. Refaat Hegazi, M.D., Ph.D., MS, MPH, MBA is Global Medical Director of Adult Nutrition at Abbott. As a physician scientist and expert in adult malnutrition, Dr. Hegazi works with healthcare professionals and nutrition experts to conduct clinical research on diet and disease, and to develop therapies to advance the treatment of malnutrition. Dr. Hegazi is a graduate of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura, Egypt. He earned a Master of Occupational Health and Industrial Medicine from Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine in Mansoura, Egypt. He also holds a Master of Public Health from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, he holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. He completed his Post-Doctoral fellowship in Gastrointestinal Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. Dr. Hegazi has authored 55 publications and 5 book chapters and is a reviewer of several esteemed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the World Journal of Gastroenterology, the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and Nutrients.

Dr. Suela Sulo is the Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Abbott Nutrition. Prior to joining Abbott, Dr Sulo spent many years working for Advocate Health Care, one of the largest accountable care organizations in US, where she led the efforts of successfully implementing research and quality improvement programs in multiple diagnostic areas including nutrition, oncology, cardiovascular, surgery, and women’s health. Since joining Abbott, Dr Sulo has served as the lead scientist of several nutrition-focused programs implemented in US and in ex-US countries such Colombia, Vietnam, Spain, etc. Dr Sulo specializes in informing the design and dissemination of sustainable and scalable nutrition programs for different patient populations across the care continuum. Dr. Sulo holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership with concentration in healthcare and human services leadership and change management. Dr Sulo has over 10 years of research and program implementation experience and has published over 70 research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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