This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:
To examine the effectiveness of nutritional screening in improving quality of care (professional practice) and patient outcomes compared with usual care.
The review may also contribute to answering some of the following questions:
Are the recipients of nutritional screening willing partners (i.e. is it an acceptable intervention)?
Are nutritional screening programmes likely to be cost-effective?
Are there any alternative interventions for nutritional screening that are more (cost) effective or acceptable?
What are the characteristics of a (cost) effective nutritional screening programme?