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Nutritional therapy in elderly care--a forgotten perspective. A questionnaire study shows clear shortages in the care of the elderly
Centrum för klinisk forskning, Gävleborg.
Enheten för klinisk nutrition, Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset, Göteborg, Sweden.
Clintec, Enheten för kirurgi, ­Karolinska institutet, Huddinge.
Avdelningen för Klinisk Näringslära, Sahlgrenska sjukhuset, Göteborg, Sweden.
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2009 (Swedish)In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, Vol. 106, no 40, 2538-2542 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It has previously been demonstrated that the use of clinical nutrition in Swedish hospitals did not fulfill European standards. In the present study, a questionnaire-based investigation was performed among nurses working with elderly people living in sheltered housing. Overall, 765 (54.6%) responded. Nearly 90% of the nurses considered themselves responsible for nutritional assessment, although only 36% routinely registered energy intake on patients at risk of undernutrition. More than 60% stated that education regarding clinical nutrition was insufficient. Thus, despite a heavy responsibility in the nutrition care process for nurses, a lack of sufficient knowledge and education was evident. Special efforts should be aimed at a clarified organization as well as education.

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2009. Vol. 106, no 40, 2538-2542 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67803PubMedID: 19908624OAI: diva2:412976
Article in SwedishAvailable from: 2011-04-27 Created: 2011-04-27 Last updated: 2011-05-10Bibliographically approved

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