Causes, assessment and treatment of malnutrition in older people
Evidence & Practice    

Causes, assessment and treatment of malnutrition in older people

Helen Willis Dietitian, product development, apetito, United Kingdom

Malnutrition is a growing problem in the UK with as many as 14% of people aged over 65 at risk. It is of particular concern in care homes where more than one third of residents are undernourished. Weight loss is not the only symptom of malnourishment and nurses should examine any changes to a person’s health and well-being to identify causes. Regular monitoring of patients’ risk of malnutrition through use of screening assessments, such as the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool, ensures undernourishment is identified early. As the population ages, it is more important than ever that the implications of malnutrition are recognised and addressed.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2017.e883

Correspondence

Helen.Willis@apetito.co.uk

Peer review

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Received: 10 October 2016

Accepted: 12 January 2017

Published online: 14 February 2017