Medical nutrition therapy includes a wide variety of treatments based on the nutritional status of the patient. Ranging from a few changes in dietary intake to tube or intravenous feeding the strength of the therapy varies significantly. The therapy is acute to the supervision of a variety of chronic diseases, is operative in managing disease, and is cost-effective.
Medical nutrition therapy lies in the extremely high usage of parenteral and enteral nutritional formulas in many health care settings today. Parenteral feedings may allow people who are not able to take any food orally to get the nutrients that they need to survive.