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Evid Based Nurs 7:23 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.1.23
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Daily oral supplementation during and after a hospital stay improved nutritional status in elderly patients, but did not affect weight change


 
 Q Does daily oral supplementation given in hospital and after discharge prevent weight loss in elderly patients?

METHODS

GraphicDesign:

randomised controlled trial.

GraphicAllocation:

{concealed}*.

GraphicBlinding:

unblinded.

GraphicFollow up period:

60 days.

GraphicSetting:

the geriatric ward of a hospital in Liège, Belgium.

GraphicPatients:

80 patients ⩾75 years of age (mean age 80 y, 76% women) who were at risk of malnutrition (total Mini Nutritional Assessment [MNA] score between 17 and 23.5). Exclusion criteria: medical conditions preventing oral feeding, patients at end of life, severe dementia (Mini Mental Score <10), clinical signs of dehydration or heart failure, and diseases requiring special dietary treatment (kidney or liver failure).

GraphicInterventions:

daily oral supplementation that comprised 1 Clinutren soup (1 …

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