The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

Who We Are

The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition is an interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to championing effective patient nutrition practices. Launched in 2013, the Alliance is comprised of leaders from The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Society of Hospital Medicine, and Abbott Nutrition.Nurse

Our interdisciplinary alliance represents over 100,000 dietitians, nurses, hospitalists and other physicians from all 50 states. We are on a mission to transform patient care through the power of prescriptive nutrition. Specifically, we are dedicated to raising awareness about the positive impact proper nutrition has on patients’ medical outcomes and providing hospitals with tools and resources to advocate for effective nutrition practices in their organizations.

The Power of Clinical Collaboration

The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition is concerned that 1 in 3 patients enter the hospital malnourished.1-3 This can lead to poor patient outcomes, hospital-acquired conditions, and longer lengths of stay.4

Collaboration within the hospital is an essential element in improving patient outcomes. That is why professionals and clinicians from AMSN, AND, SHM and Abbott Nutrition are working together to highlight the often hidden costs of malnutrition in the hospital setting – and to spotlight the importance of patient nutrition.

The Alliance is committed to:

  • Generating awareness about the meaningful impact nutrition has on patient outcomes.
  • Encouraging clinicians to elevate the role of  nutrition in the hospital setting.
  • Supporting clinicians in collaborating on hospital-wide nutrition processes.
  • Creating communications initiatives and hospital outreach programs based on clinical evidence, with the goal of educating and advocating for broadly accepted and consistently applied hospital nutrition standards throughout the entire continuum of care.

Why the Time is Now To...



It’s vital that clinicians work together to make an impact on patient outcomes by elevating the role of patient nutrition. With a rapidly growing population of older adults and sharp increases in chronic disease, the value of proper nutrition in the hospital setting has never been higher.


As a professional on the front line of patient care, you can use nutrition’s vital, therapeutic role in healing to help to improve your patients’ outcomes – so they can return to their lives and loved ones more quickly.


While now is the time to focus on patient nutrition, clinicians must understand that effective care requires a team approach. The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition wants to make collaboration and action easy for healthcare professionals.

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1Coats KG et al.. J Am Diet Assoc 1993; 93: 27-33.
2Giner M et al. Nutrition 1996; 12: 23-29.
3Thomas DR et al.Am J Clin Nutr 2002; 75: 308-313.
4Norman K et al. Clin Nutr. 2008; 27: 5-15.

The Academy Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is a founding member of The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, an interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to transforming patient outcomes through the power of prescriptive nutrition.