Nutritional status and dietary intake of acute care patients : results from the Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010

Agarwal, Ekta, Ferguson, Maree, Banks, Merrilyn, Bauer, Judith, Capra, Sandra, & Isenring, Elisabeth (2011) Nutritional status and dietary intake of acute care patients : results from the Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010. Clinical Nutrition, 31(1), pp. 41-47.

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Background & aims: One aim of the Australasian Nutrition Care Day Survey was to determine the nutritional status and dietary intake of acute care hospital patients.

Methods: Dietitians from 56 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand completed a 24-h survey of nutritional status and dietary intake of adult hospitalised patients. Nutritional risk was evaluated using the Malnutrition Screening Tool. Participants ‘at risk’ underwent nutritional assessment using Subjective Global Assessment. Based on the International Classification of Diseases (Australian modification), participants were also deemed malnourished if their body mass index was <18.5 kg/m2. Dietitians recorded participants’ dietary intake at each main meal and snacks as 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% of that offered.

Results: 3122 patients (mean age: 64.6 ± 18 years) participated in the study. Forty-one percent of the participants were “at risk” of malnutrition. Overall malnutrition prevalence was 32%. Fifty-five percent of malnourished participants and 35% of well-nourished participants consumed ≤50% of the food during the 24-h audit. “Not hungry” was the most common reason for not consuming everything offered during the audit.

Conclusion: Malnutrition and sub-optimal food intake is prevalent in acute care patients across hospitals in Australia and New Zealand and warrants appropriate interventions.

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ID Code: 57236
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: malnutrition, food intake, acute care patients, Australasian Nutrition Care Day Survey
DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2011.08.002
ISSN: 0261-5614
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd and European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. All rights reserved.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Clinical Nutrition. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Clinical Nutrition, Volume 31, Issue 1, February 2012, Pages 41–47. DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2011.08.002.
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2013 08:00
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