Malnutrition prevalence and nutrition issues in residential aged care facilities
Gaskill, Deanne, Black, Lucinda J., Isenring, Elisabeth A., Hassall, Stacey L., Sanders, Fran, & Bauer, Judith D. (2008) Malnutrition prevalence and nutrition issues in residential aged care facilities. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27(4), pp. 189-194.
Objectives: To determine the prevalence of malnutrition and investigate nutritional issues in a sample of older people living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs).
Method: This study forms the descriptive component of a pretest post-test designed study conducted in eight RACFs. The Subjective Global Assesment tool was used to determine the prevalence of malnturiton in 350 residents.
Results: Nearly 70% of residents were women and 79.4% of all residents were classifed as high care. Half the residents were well nourished (50.5%) with 43.1% moderately malnourished and 6.4% severely malnourished. Prevalence of malnutrition was significantly higher for residents receiving higher level care (odds ratio (OR)= 2.9 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.7-5.2; P < 0.001)) and older than 90 years(OR = 3.0 (95% CI: 1.8-5.1; P < 0.001)). Of the residents considered to be malnourished, very few (17.8%) had been seen by a dietitian in the past 6 months or were receiving commercial supplements (29.2%).
Conclusions: There is a need for systematic, coordinated and multidisciplinary approaches to nutritional care for older people in residential care.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||frail elderly, geriatric nursing, malnutrition, nursing home, nutritional status|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100) > Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified (111199)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Blackwell Publishing|
|Deposited On:||06 Nov 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:49|
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