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Table 6 Required research around combined/simplified malnutrition protocols

From: Adapting acute malnutrition treatment protocols in emergency contexts: a qualitative study of national decision-making

Type of research Suggested topics
Clinical research • Safety and effectiveness of using RUTF to treat MAM children and/or RUSF to treat SAM children (depending on the proposed protocol)
• Appropriateness of using MUAC as a screening tool for “tall, slim” body types, and overlap with biochemical markers of malnutrition
• (Minimum) dosage of RUTF/RUSF required for recovery
• Impact of combined/simplified protocols on length of stay
Operational / implementation research • Operational and costing implications of combined/simplified protocols
• Impact of combined/simplified protocols on amount of product used
• Pilot studies in every country to test specific protocols