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Malnutrition in hospitalised older adults: a multicentre observational study of prevalence, associations and outcomes

O’Shea, E, Trawley, Steven, Manning, E, Barrett, A, Browne, V and Timmons, S 2016, Malnutrition in hospitalised older adults: a multicentre observational study of prevalence, associations and outcomes, Journal of nutrition, health & aging, vol. 21, no. 7, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1007/s12603-016-0831-x.

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Title Malnutrition in hospitalised older adults: a multicentre observational study of prevalence, associations and outcomes
Author(s) O’Shea, E
Trawley, StevenORCID iD for Trawley, Steven
Manning, E
Barrett, A
Browne, V
Timmons, S
Journal name Journal of nutrition, health & aging
Volume number 21
Issue number 7
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Paris, France
Publication date 2016-10
ISSN 1279-7707
Keyword(s) malnutrition
risk factors
Summary Background: Malnutrition is common in older adults and is associated with high costs and adverse outcomes. The prevalence, predictors and outcomes of malnutrition on admission to hospital are not clear for thispopulation. Design: Prospective Cohort Study. Setting: Six hospital sites (five public, one private). Participants: In total, 606 older adults aged 70+ were included. All elective and acute admissions to any speciality wereeligible. Day-case admissions and those moribund on admission were excluded. Measurements: Sociodemographic and clinical data, including nutritional status (Mini-Nutritional Assessment – short form), wascollected within 36 hours of admission. Outcome data was collected prospectively on length of stay, in-hospital mortality and new institutionalisation. Results: The mean age was 79.7; 51% were female; 29% were elective admissions; 67% were admitted to a medical specialty. Nutrition scores were available for 602/606; 37% had a ‘normal’ status, 45% were ‘at-risk’, and 18% were ‘malnourished’. Malnutrition was more common in females, acute admissions, older patients and those who were widowed/ separated. Dementia, functional dependency, comorbidity and frailty independently predicted a) malnutrition and b) being at-risk of malnutrition, compared to normal status (p < .001). Malnutrition was associated with outcomes including an increased length of stay (p < .001), new institutionalisation (p =<0.001) and in-hospital mortality (p < .001). Conclusions: These findings support the prioritisation of nutritional screening in clinical practice and public health policy, for all patients ≥70on admission to hospital, and in particular for people with dementia, increased functional dependency and/or multi-morbidity, and those who are frail.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12603-016-0831-x
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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