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The MyFood project

Approximately 30% of hospitalized patients are malnourished or at malnutrition risk. We develop the digital MyFood system for improved nutritional treatment and care.

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About the project

In the project, we develop MyFood - a digital decision support system to prevent and treat disease-related malnutrition. The MyFood system consists of an app for use among patients and a website for use among nurses and health care professionals. In MyFood the patient or a nurse record food intake and nutrition-related symptoms. MyFood calculates automatically the patients' needs for energy, protein, and liquids and compares the intake with the individual patient's requirements. The nurse receives a report including tailored recommendations for nutritional treatment and a draft for an individualized nutritional care plan.


The purpose of the project is to develop, validate, and test a digital decision support system to prevent and treat disease-related malnutrition.


Disease-related malnutrition is a challenge in hospitalized patients. Approximately 30% of patients are malnourished or at malnutrition risk. Malnutrition leads to increased morbidity and mortality rates among the patients, a longer length of hospital stay, higher readmission rates, and increased costs for the hospitals. Despite national guidelines and the incorporation of disease-related malnutrition in the national patient safety program, several barriers for good nutritional care and treatment exist. The nurses experience a lack of knowledge, competence, and tools to follow-up this large group of patients.


This study is funded by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority and the Throne Holst Foundation at the University of Oslo.


The project is a collaboration project between the National Advisory Unit on Disease-Related Undernutrition at Oslo University Hospital, the Department of Nutrition at the University of Oslo, and the University Center for Information Technology.



Paulsen MM, Hagen MLL, Froyen MH, Foss-Pedersen RJ, Bergsager D, Tangvik RJ, et al. A Dietary Assessment App for Hospitalized Patients at Nutritional Risk: Development and Evaluation of the MyFood App. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 2018;6(9):e175. DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.9953

Paulsen MM, Varsi C, Paur I, Tangvik RJ, Andersen LF. Barriers and Facilitators for Implementing a Decision Support System to Prevent and Treat Disease-Related Malnutrition in a Hospital Setting: Qualitative Study. JMIR formative research. 2019;3(2):e11890. DOI: 10.2196/11890

Published Aug. 20, 2019 12:45 PM - Last modified Aug. 20, 2019 12:45 PM