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Type: Journal article
Title: Malnutrition in older people - screening and management strategies
Author: Visvanathan, R.
Newbury, J.
Chapman, I.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2004; 33(10):799-806
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0300-8495
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Renuka Visvanathan; Jonathan W Newbury; Ian Chapman
Abstract: Background: Malnutrition in older people is not only common, but frequently overlooked. It can result in multiple medical complications, hospitalisation and even death. Objective: This article focusses on the consequences, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of this clinical syndrome. Discussion: Nonphysiological causes of malnutrition include social, psychological, medical and medication related factors. With vigilance, early screening and the institution of simple therapeutic measures of correcting nonphysiological causes and following dietary guidelines for older people, the adverse effects of malnutrition may be minimised.
Keywords: Humans; Malnutrition; Body Mass Index; Nutritional Support; Prevalence; Fatal Outcome; Geriatrics; Nutritional Status; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Male
Description: Copyright © 2004 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
RMID: 0020071900
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