G. Rist, BND, APD, AN, Project Officer
The presence of malnutrition in community-living older adults receiving home nursing services
Article first published online: 28 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Nutrition & Dietetics © 2012 Dietitians Association of Australia
Nutrition & Dietetics
Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 46–50, March 2012
How to Cite
RIST, G., MILES, G. and KARIMI, L. (2012), The presence of malnutrition in community-living older adults receiving home nursing services. Nutrition & Dietetics, 69: 46–50. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2011.01572.x
G. Miles, DN, BAppSci, Researcher
L. Karimi, PhD, MAPS, Lecturer
- Issue published online: 28 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 28 FEB 2012
- Accepted May 2011
- community health;
- nutrition screening;
- nutritional status
Aim: To determine the extent of malnutrition and malnutrition risk among community-living older people (aged 65 years and over) who are receiving care from a metropolitan home nursing service in Victoria, Australia.
Method: Over a 3-month period (May–July 2009), 235 clients aged 65 years and over from a community nursing service providing home nursing care were assessed for malnutrition using the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA®, Nestle, Vevey, Switzerland).
Results: Thirty-four per cent (34.5%) of clients were identified as being at risk of malnutrition, while 8.1% were found to be malnourished. There was no significant relationship between nutrition risk and gender, country of birth or living arrangements.
Conclusion: Malnutrition and nutrition risk was found to be an issue among this sample of community-living older adults who were receiving home nursing care in Victoria, Australia. In this study, just over 40% of the participants were either at risk of malnutrition or malnourished, which highlights the vulnerability of this group of older people and the need for routine nutrition screening and a targeted intervention program to address nutrition issues.