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Nutritional state and functional capacity among elderly Swedish people with acute hip fracture
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2000 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 14, no 4, 268-274 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective of this study was to describe characteristics in a group of elderly men and women with hip fracture, regarding presumed risk factors, such as nutritional state and functional capacity. A total of 142 men and women aged 75 years or more were consecutively included on admittance to the hospital. Anthropometry and body composition were measured 4-6 days after the fracture. Data on functional status, activities of daily living and living arrangements at the time of the fracture were collected. The women and men had a body mass index (BMI) of 22.3 ▒ 3.7 kg/m2 and 21.7 ▒ 2.1 kg/m2, respectively. Of the whole group, 71% had a BMI < 24 kg/m2 and 25% a BMI < 20.0 kg/m2. Forty-five percent of the patients needed daily home help, and a majority of them were mentally impaired (p < 0.0001). Women with a trochanteric hip fracture were shorter, had lower body weight, lower lean body mass and lower arm muscle circumference (AMC) than the cervical fracture group (p < 0.05). Fewer women with a trochanteric fracture and fewer women with mental impairment took walks outside before the fracture, (p = 0.023 and p = 0.002, respectively). Characteristics found in the group were low BMI, low muscle mass as indicated by low lean body mass and mental impairment. It seems important to evaluate such factors when developing post-operative care plans aimed at avoiding further deterioration. Extra frail sub-groups of patients, such as people who are mentally impaired, women with trochanteric fracture and women with high dependency concerning ADL functions were identified.

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2000. Vol. 14, no 4, 268-274 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26796PubMedID: 12035218Local ID: 11402OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26796DiVA: diva2:247346
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Nutritional status and functional capacity in elderly people with hip fracture
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2000 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim was to study nutritional status and functional capacity in elderly men and women admitted to hospital with a hip fractnre, and to evaluate the effect of nutritional intervention and surgical method. A total of 176 patients participated in the study. Of them 84 received protein- and energy-enriched meals at hospital and nutritional advice on discharge and at home. A total of 100 patients with displaced femoral neck fracture were randomised to treatment with either total hip arthroplasty or osteosynthesis with Olmed® screws.

The patients were examined and interviewed the first time within 4-6 days after surgery, as well as one and three months aud one year after surgery. The nutritional status was assessed with body mass index, measures of triceps skinfold thickness, estimation of muscle mass and body composition. Serum albumin, insulin-like growth factor-I and hormones were measured. Functional capacity was assessed with the Modified Norton scale, Katz index of ADL and a questionnaire measuring instrumental activities of daily living.

Mentally impaired patients had worse nutritional status aud functional condition compared with the lucid group at inclusion, deteriorated more in activity and mobility fimctions and had a higher one-year mortality rate. The nutritional intervention was not powerful enough to have effect on anthropometric or biochemical measurements. The patients treated with total hip arthroplasty had reduced pain, better locomotion ability and a slight weight gain compared with the osteosynthesis group.

In conclusion, a marked deterioration of nutritional and functional status was found after a hip fracture. Studies of the effect of a more powerful nutritional intervention on nutritional status and functional capacity in this group are warranted. Patients treated with total hip arthroplasty had a more favourable rehabilitation period with regard to nutritional status and locomotion ability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2000. 61 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 649
Keyword
elderly people, functional capacity, hip fractnre, mental impairment, nutritional status
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Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27458 (URN)12111 (Local ID)91-7219-750-1 (ISBN)12111 (Archive number)12111 (OAI)
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2000-11-18, Berzeliussalen, Universitetssjukhuset, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-08-15Bibliographically approved

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