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Nursing home food services linked with risk of malnutrition.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17346371     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PURPOSE: Links between food service characteristics and residents' risk of malnutrition were examined. METHODS: Cognitively intact residents meeting inclusion criteria and living in one of 38 participating nursing homes were randomly sampled. The final sample consisted of 132 residents, who were screened for risk of malnutrition and completed a face-to-face interview questionnaire about dining experiences. Additional data came from participants' medical charts, and each institution's food service manager completed a written questionnaire. Frequencies and logistic regressions were used to describe the sample and to examine relationships between risk of malnutrition and food service characteristics. RESULTS: Overall, 37.4% of participants were at risk of malnutrition. Food service factors, including food packages, lids, and dishes that were difficult to manipulate (b=0.285, p=0.009), bulk food-delivery systems (b=1.329, p=0.036), overall food satisfaction (b=0.253, p=0.044), menu cycle length (b=-2.162, p=0.003), and porcelain dishes (b=-0.345, p=0.052), all were significantly associated with risk of malnutrition. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings clearly show a need for nursing homes to modify certain aspects of food service that may increase the risk of malnutrition among cognitively intact residents.
Authors:
Natalie Carrier; Denise Ouellet; Gale E West
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of dietetic practice and research : a publication of Dietitians of Canada = Revue canadienne de la pratique et de la recherche en diététique : une publication des Diététistes du Canada     Volume:  68     ISSN:  1486-3847     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-09     Completed Date:  2007-04-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9811151     Medline TA:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  14-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Female
Food Service, Hospital / standards*
Geriatric Assessment
Homes for the Aged*
Humans
Male
Malnutrition / epidemiology*
Menu Planning / standards
Nursing Homes*
Nutritional Status*
Risk Assessment

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