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Aged care nursing and nutrition issues

Gaskill, Deanne, Hassall, Stacey L., Sanders, Fran, Isenring, Elisabeth, Patterson, Carla, Buys, Laurie, & Banks, Merrilyn D. (2005) Aged care nursing and nutrition issues. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Nutrition represents a significant area of care for elderly people. Quality of life, independence and overall health are influenced by nutritional status. The prevalence of malnutrition in the elderly appears to be disturbingly high: between 40% to 60% and as high as 85% has been reported, particularly in those who have been hospitalised, live alone or live in residential care.----- Much is known about the antecedents and consequences of malnutrition in the elderly. Weight loss and malnutrition are associated with increased mortality and morbidity, increased risk of pressure ulcer development and infections, increased risk of falls, reduction in ability to perform self care activities, apathy,and loss of quality of life, mobility and independence.----- However, there exists little information concerning the processes involved in assessing and managing this issue in aged care facilities. A key issue in our current aged care environment is that many nurses lack sufficient knowledge of nutritional care and as a consequence have difficulty in recognising it as a priority over competing responsibilities.

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ID Code: 21248
Item Type: Other
Keywords: Nutrition, Older adults, Nursing home care staff
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Residential Client Care (111718)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aged Health Care (111702)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Past > Schools > School of Design
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Queensland University of Technology and Blue Care and the authors
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 09:29
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:45

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