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Nutrición Hospitalaria

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FERRER GOMEZ, Mercedes et al. Home enteral nutrition in Region of Murcia: sample profile, trends and outlook cost. From 2007 to 2010. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.5, pp.1022-1026. ISSN 1699-5198.

Introduction: It was 2010 when the prescription of home enteral nutrition (HEN) in Murcia changed restricting this task to those physicians with skills for it. Objectives: To evaluate key aspects of this registry data over 2007-2010; sample characteristics, cost trends and future prospects. Methods: Retrospective study of the HEN population profile in one specific health area and HEN products billed in the whole region; analysis of the chosen formula and changes concerning prescriptions and its value during 2007-2010. Results: Regarding the profile of the specific area (Area I de Salud de la Región de Murcia), indication, route of administration and type of formula most frequent were, respectively, neurological disease, oral, and non-specific nutrition. On the other hand, health expenditure in these products concerning the Murcia Health Service increased about 50% in both aspects, number of prescriptions and amount between 2007 and 2010. Compared with the rest of the country, Murcia is above the national average. Conclusions: The profile of this specific area does not match with other published works, moreover, the expense in nutrition and the clear upward trend during this period clarify the need for steps to improve the quality of the HEN in the Region of Murcia and try to reach national values related to average consumption and spending.

Palavras-chave : Enteral nutrition; Nutrition support; Home care services; Drug costs.

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