How does nutritional state change during a subacute admission? Findings and implications for practice
J Collins, J Porter, H Truby, CE Huggins
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Nutritional status influences patients' clinical and functional outcomes. The aims were to identify changes in nutritional state during subacute care and associated participant characteristics. SUBJECTS/METHODS: A longitudinal study was undertaken with consecutive patients admitted to subacute care wards during a 3-month period. Participants were recruited under a waiver of consent to reflect the usual demographic. Change in classification (malnourished, at risk of malnutrition, well nourished) of the full Mini Nutritional Assessment (full MNA) between admission and discharge was the primary outcome. Weight (kg), mid-arm and calf circumference (cm) change were secondar..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge the support of the dietetic and ward staff at The Peter James Centre, Eastern Health. This research was unfunded. JC is the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship and a Monash University Postgraduate Publication Award.