Joint action malnutrition in the elderly (MaNuEL) knowledge hub: summary of project findings

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Purpose: The Joint Action Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub was established to extend scientific knowledge, strengthen evidence-based practice, build a sustainable, transnational network of experts and harmonize research and clinical practice in the field of protein–energy malnutrition in older persons. This paper aims to summarize the main scientific results achieved during the 2-year project and to outline the recommendations derived. Methods: 22 research groups from seven countries (Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands and New Zealand) worked together on 6 relevant domains of malnutrition—i.e. prevalence, screening, determinants, treatment, policy measures and education for health care professionals—making use of existing datasets, evidence and expert knowledge. Results: Four systematic reviews, six secondary data analyses of existing cohort and intervention studies, two web-based surveys and one Delphi study were performed. In addition, a scoring system to rate malnutrition screening tools and a theoretical framework on the aetiology of malnutrition in older persons were developed. Based on these activities and taking existing evidence into consideration, 13 clinical practice, 9 research and 4 policy recommendations were developed. The MaNuEL Toolbox was created and made available to effectively distribute and disseminate the MaNuEL results and recommendations. Conclusions: The MaNuEL Knowledge Hub successfully achieved its aims. Results and recommendations will support researchers, healthcare professionals, policy-makers as well as educational institutes to advance their efforts in tackling the increasing problem of protein–energy malnutrition in the older population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-177
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Geriatric Medicine
Issue number1
Early online date20 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


  • Aged
  • Education
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Policy
  • Prevalence
  • Protein–energy malnutrition
  • Screening
  • Treatment


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