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Profiling malnutrition prevalence among australian rural in-patients using a retrospective census of electronic medical files over a 12-month period

Alston, Laura, Green, Megan, Versace, Vincent L., Bolton, Kristy A., Widdicombe, Kay, Buccheri, Alison, Imran, Didir, Allender, Steven, Orellana, Liliana and Nichols, Melanie 2020, Profiling malnutrition prevalence among australian rural in-patients using a retrospective census of electronic medical files over a 12-month period, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 16, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17165909.

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Title Profiling malnutrition prevalence among australian rural in-patients using a retrospective census of electronic medical files over a 12-month period
Author(s) Alston, LauraORCID iD for Alston, Laura orcid.org/0000-0002-4551-8845
Green, Megan
Versace, Vincent L.ORCID iD for Versace, Vincent L. orcid.org/0000-0002-8514-1763
Bolton, Kristy A.ORCID iD for Bolton, Kristy A. orcid.org/0000-0001-6721-4503
Widdicombe, Kay
Buccheri, Alison
Imran, Didir
Allender, StevenORCID iD for Allender, Steven orcid.org/0000-0002-4842-3294
Orellana, LilianaORCID iD for Orellana, Liliana orcid.org/0000-0003-3736-4337
Nichols, MelanieORCID iD for Nichols, Melanie orcid.org/0000-0002-7834-5899
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume number 17
Issue number 16
Article ID 5909
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Bern, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-08-14
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
malnutrition
in-patients
rural
malnutrition risk
census
electronic medical files
CARE
NUTRITION
RETENTION
MORTALITY
WORKFORCE
OUTCOMES
BURDEN
IMPACT
Summary In-patient malnutrition leads to poor outcomes and mortality, and it is largely uninvestigated in non-urban populations. This study sought to: (1) retrospectively estimate the prevalence of malnutrition as diagnosed by dietetics in the rural Australian setting; (2) establish the proportion of all patients at “nutritional risk”; and (3) explore associations between demographic and clinical factors with malnutrition diagnosis and nutritional risk. A retrospective census was undertaken of medical files of all patients aged ≥18 years admitted to a rural hospital setting over a 12-month period. Logistic regression was used to explore associations between malnutrition diagnosis, nutritional risk and patient-related factors. In total, 711 admissions were screened during the 12-month period comprising 567 patients. Among the 125 patients seen by dietitians, 70.4% were diagnosed with malnutrition. Across the total sample, 77.0% had high levels of nutrition related symptoms warranting a need for further assessment by dietitians. Malnutrition diagnosis by dietitians was associated with being over the age of 65 years, and patients had higher odds of being admitted to a residential aged care facility following discharge. In this rural sample, the diagnosis rate of malnutrition appeared to be high, indicating that rural in-patients may be at a high risk of malnutrition. There was also a high proportion of patients who had documentation in their files that indicated they may have benefited from dietetic assessment and intervention, beyond current resourcing.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17165909
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Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, The Author(s)
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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