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Nutritional status and dietary intake of acute care patients: Results from the nutrition care day survey 2010
Clinical Nutrition
  • Ekta Agarwal, The University of Queensland
  • Maree Ferguson, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Merrilyn Banks, Royal Brisbane & Womens Hospital
  • Judith Bauer, The Wesley Hospital
  • Judith Capra, The University of Queensland
  • Elizabeth Isenring, Bond University
Date of this Version
2-1-2012
Document Type
Journal Article
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Agarwal, E., Ferguson, M., Banks, M., Bauer, J., Capra, S., & Isenring, E. (2012). Nutritional status and dietary intake of acute care patients: Results from the nutrition care day survey 2010. Clinical Nutrition, 31(1), 41-47.

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Abstract
Background & aims One aim of the Australasian Nutrition Care Day Survey was to determine the nutritional status and dietary intake of acute care hospital patients. Methods Dietitians from 56 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand completed a 24-h survey of nutritional status and dietary intake of adult hospitalised patients. Nutritional risk was evaluated using the Malnutrition Screening Tool. Participants ‘at risk’ underwent nutritional assessment using Subjective Global Assessment. Based on the International Classification of Diseases (Australian modification), participants were also deemed malnourished if their body mass index was Results 3122 patients (mean age: 64.6 ± 18 years) participated in the study. Forty-one percent of the participants were “at risk” of malnutrition. Overall malnutrition prevalence was 32%. Fifty-five percent of malnourished participants and 35% of well-nourished participants consumed ≤50% of the food during the 24-h audit. “Not hungry” was the most common reason for not consuming everything offered during the audit. Conclusion Malnutrition and sub-optimal food intake is prevalent in acute care patients across hospitals in Australia and New Zealand and warrants appropriate interventions.
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Ekta Agarwal, Maree Ferguson, Merrilyn Banks, Judith Bauer, et al.. "Nutritional status and dietary intake of acute care patients: Results from the nutrition care day survey 2010" Clinical Nutrition (2012) ISSN: 0261-5614
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