The relationship between nutritional status and physical activity, ulcer history and ulcer-related problems in patients with leg and foot ulcers
1999 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 13, no 2, 123-128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The nutritional status in patients with leg and foot ulcers is assessed in relation to sociodemographic data, mobility, physical activity, ulcer history, and ulcer-related problems from the patients' point of view. The patients (20 men and 50 women, mean age 79 years) were living in their own homes and treatment was given in primary health care. The Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) was used to assess nutritional status. Interviews were conducted to collect data on patients' mobility, physical activity, ulcer history and ulcer-related problems. According to the MNA, 32 patients were classified as being at risk of malnutrition and two were malnourished. Patients classified as at risk of malnutrition or malnourishment were usually living alone and were more dependent on aids for mobility and on home-help services than the well-nourished patients (p < 0.05). There were no significant differences between the well-nourished patients and those classified as at risk of malnutrition or malnourished in the number and the duration of open ulcers. This study shows that risk of malnutrition was common in this elderly population of 70 patients with leg and foot ulcers. Comprehensive patient care should include nutritional assessment and preventive actions to restore the nutritional status before malnutrition is manifest.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999. Vol. 13, no 2, 123-128 p.
Elderly, Leg ulcer, nutritional status, Primary health care
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79948OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79948DiVA: diva2:544798