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Reply to the letter to the editor.
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PMID:  19536429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Dear Editor, We read with interest the letter by Dr A Kumar in response to our paper (1). We welcome his supportive comments regarding our findings that catering limitations were not major contributory factors for inadequate food intake by hospitalised elderly patients. Protected mealtimes have been an imaginative solution proposed to address some of these limitations. It is interesting to note that their study (2) showed that protected mealtimes did not improve food intake, though it did reduce weight loss. With equivocal results to date, it is important to conduct larger further studies to explore this important issue regarding nutrition in hospitalised elderly patients. References: 1. Patel MD, Martin FC. Why don't elderly hospital inpatients eat adequately? The journal of Nutrition, Health and Ageing 2008;12(4):227-31; 2. Das AK, McDougall T, Smithson JAJ. Benefits of family mealtimes for nursing home residents: Protecting mealtimes may similarly benefit elderly inpatients. BMJ 2006;332:1134-5.
M Patel; F Martin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of nutrition, health & aging     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1279-7707     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100893366     Medline TA:  J Nutr Health Aging     Country:  France    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  584     Citation Subset:  IM    
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