Malnutrition prevalence in aged care residences


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Malnutrition is a signifi cant clinical and public health problem, both in Australia and internationally. The majority of studies on malnutrition in aged care have been conducted in hospital settings, and to a lesser extent in residential aged care facilities. Therefore the prevalence of malnutrition was determined in a sample of older people living in two residential aged care facilities in the ACT region. In September 2011, the Subjective Global Assessment tool was used to determine the preva-lence of malnutrition in 57 aged care residents. In this population, 65% of the residents were women and 33% of residents were classifi ed as high care. 67% of the residents were classifi ed as well nourished, 26% as moderately malnourished and 7% and severely malnourished. Preva-lence of malnutrition was higher for patients receiving high level care. The prevalence of malnutrition found in this study is consistent with data reported in recent Australian and international studies for residen-tial aged care. With the proportion of Australians over the age of 65 increasing, and with older adults being the largest group of nutritionally vulnerable people in Australia, it is imperative that the issue of malnu-trition does not go unrecognised.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventDietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics -
Duration: 5 Sept 2012 → …


ConferenceDietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics
Period5/09/12 → …


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