Malnutrition prevalence and nutrition issues in residential aged care facilities

Deanne Gaskill, Lucinda J. Black, Elisabeth A. Isenring, Stacey Hassall, Fran Sanders, Judith D. Bauer

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Abstract

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 Subject Global Assessment tool was used to determine the prevalence of malnutrition in 350 residents.

Results: Nearly 70% of residents were women and 79.4% of all residents were classified 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Gaskill, Deanne ; Black, Lucinda J. ; Isenring, Elisabeth A. ; Hassall, Stacey ; Sanders, Fran ; Bauer, Judith D. / Malnutrition prevalence and nutrition issues in residential aged care facilities. In: Australasian Journal on Ageing. 2008 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 189-194.
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Malnutrition prevalence and nutrition issues in residential aged care facilities. / Gaskill, Deanne; Black, Lucinda J.; Isenring, Elisabeth A.; Hassall, Stacey; Sanders, Fran; Bauer, Judith D.

In: Australasian Journal on Ageing, Vol. 27, No. 4, 12.2008, p. 189-194.

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