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Eating difficulties, assisted eating and nutritional status in elderly (gt-or-equal, slanted65 years) patients in hospital rehabilitation.

  • Albert Westergren
  • Mitra Unosson
  • Ola Ohlsson
  • Birgitta Lorefält
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
Publishing year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 341-351
Publication/Series: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume: 39
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

This study describes frequencies and associations between eating difficulties, assisted eating and nutritional status in 520 elderly patients in hospital rehabilitation. Eating difficulties were observed during a meal and nutritional status was assessed with Subjective Global Assessment form. Eighty-two percent of patients had one or more eating difficulties, 36% had assisted eating and 46% malnutrition. Three components of eating were focused upon ingestion, deglutition, and energy (eating and intake). Deglutition and ingestion difficulties and low energy were associated with assisted eating, and low energy associated with malnutrition. Underestimation of low energy puts patients at risk of having or developing malnutrition.


  • Nursing
  • Health Services for the Aged
  • Nutritional Status
  • Inpatients
  • Human
  • Support Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Rehabilitation
  • Eating Disorders
  • Eating
  • Aged


  • ISSN: 1873-491X
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions