First international meeting of early career investigators: Current opportunities, challenges and horizon in critical care nutrition research

C. Stoppe*, R. van Gassel, J. Jonckheer, M.E.G. Velasquez, F.G. Di Girolamo, S.P. Chapela, S. Wichansawakun, A. Albay, T. Friede, R. Martindale, M.M. Berger

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Abstract

Background: Appropriate nutritional support is a key component of care for critically ill patients. While malnutrition increases complications, impacting long term outcomes and healthcare-related costs, uncertainties persist regarding optimal provision of nutritional support in this setting.Methods: An international group of healthcare providers (HCPs) from critical care specialties and nutrition researchers convened to identify knowledge gaps and learnings from studies in critical care nutrition. Clinical research needs were identified in order to better inform future nutrition practices.Results: Challenges in critical care nutrition arise, in part, from inconsistent outcomes in several large-scale studies regarding the optimal amount of calories and protein to prescribe, the optimal time to initiate nutritional support and the role of parental nutrition to support critically ill patients. Furthermore, there is uncertainty on how best to identify patients at nutritional risk, and the appropriate outcome measures for ICU nutrition studies. Given HCPs have a suboptimal evidence base to inform the nutritional management of critically ill patients, further well-designed clinical trials capturing clinically relevant endpoints are needed to address these knowledge gaps.Conclusions: The identified aspects for future research could be addressed in studies designed and conducted in collaboration with an international team of interdisciplinary nutrition experts. The aim of this collaboration is to address the unmet need for robust clinical data needed to develop high-quality evidence-based nutritional intervention recommendations to better inform the future management of critically ill patients. (C) 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. This is an open access article under the CC BY license.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-100
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Nutrition ESPEN
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Critical care
  • Enteral nutrition
  • Intensive care
  • Nutritional support
  • Parenteral nutrition
  • critical care
  • enteral nutrition
  • intensive care
  • nutritional support
  • parenteral nutrition
  • EARLY ENTERAL NUTRITION
  • INDIRECT CALORIMETRY
  • RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIALS
  • SUPPLEMENTAL PARENTERAL-NUTRITION
  • LONG-TERM OUTCOMES
  • BODY PROTEIN-TURNOVER
  • ENERGY-BALANCE
  • SUPPORT
  • ICU
  • ILL PATIENTS

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