Journal article

Muscle Strength and Muscle Mass in Older Patients during Hospitalization: The EMPOWER Study

Jeanine M Van Ancum, Kira Scheerman, Vincent D Pierik, Siger T Numans, Sjors Verlaan, Hanne E Smeenk, Monique Slee-Valentijn, Roeliene C Kruizinga, Carel GM Meskers, Andrea B Maier

GERONTOLOGY | KARGER | Published : 2017


BACKGROUND: Low muscle strength and muscle mass are associated with an increased length of hospital stay and higher mortality rate in inpatients. To what extent hospitalization affects muscle strength and muscle mass is unclear. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess muscle strength and muscle mass at admission and during hospitalization in older patients and its relation with being at risk of geriatric conditions. METHODS: The EMPOWER study included patients aged 70 years and older, admitted to 4 wards of the VU University Medical Center in the Netherlands between April and December 2015. At admission, patients were screened for being at risk of 4 geriatric conditions: delirium, falls, malnutrition,..

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Awarded by seventh framework program MYOAGE

Awarded by European Union's Horizon research and innovation programme

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the seventh framework program MYOAGE (HEALTH-2007-2.4.5-10) and European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (689238, 675003), and Nutricia Research, Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition, The Netherlands.