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The Present and Future of Nutrition Support Team
Surg Metab Nutr 2019;10(1):1-4
Published online June 30, 2019
© 2019 The Korean Society of Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition.

Ji-Young Sul, M.D., Ph.D.1, Jeong Goo Kim, M.D., Ph.D.2

1Department of Surgery, Chungnam National University Hospital, Chungnam National University School of Medicine, Deajeon,
2Department of Surgery, Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Jeong Goo Kim, Department of Surgery, Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 64 Daeheung-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon 34943, Korea
Tel: +82-42-220-9520, Fax: +82-42-252-6808, E-mail:
Received June 10, 2019; Accepted June 20, 2019.
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Now days, the use of specialized nutrition support has become a standard tool in the care of patients. With the development of specialized nutrition support, an interdisciplinary approach was essential to archive a goal. Fortunately, Nutritional support team (NST) consultation fee has been reimbursed under the national health insurance system since 2014. Overall, it might be true that there has been some progress in the NST’s activities. However, it is still questionable whether there was a positive effect in terms of quality or cost effectiveness compared to quantitative improvements. Before taking into consideration of the future of NST, we are going to look at the status of nutritional support practice and utility of NST in Korea. Upon this background, we hope to make constructive suggestions for a better future of NST.
Keywords : NST, Quality, Practice

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