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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2012 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 10 | Page No.: 984-990
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2012.984.990
 
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Assessment of Nutritional Status of Hospitalized Elderly Patients in Makkah Governorate
Muhammad A. Elmadbouly and Amany M. Abd Elhafez

Abstract:
A cross sectional study was conducted to assess the nutritional status of a sample of 102 recently hospitalized elderly patients in general hospitals at Makkah Governorate by using the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) tool. Among the studied patients, 22.6% were classified as malnourished, 57.8% were at risk of malnutrition and 19.6% were as well nourished. Low body mass index, history of weight loss during the last 3 months, living independently, taking > 3 prescription of drugs per day and presence of neuropsychological problems were associated with malnutrition (p<0.05). The elderly classified as malnourished and those at risk of malnutrition and well nourished differed significantly in all dietary assessment variables of the MNA score (p<0.05). It is concluded that malnutrition is a common problem among older people. MNA test should be performed for elderly upon admission to hospitals and more attention need to be paid to this vulnerable group of people.
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Muhammad A. Elmadbouly and Amany M. Abd Elhafez, 2012. Assessment of Nutritional Status of Hospitalized Elderly Patients in Makkah Governorate. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 11: 984-990.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2012.984.990

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2012.984.990

 
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