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Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebnurs.2011.100226
  • Care of the older person
  • Cohart Study

Malnutrition and cognitive impairment among people aged 60 years and above living in regular housing or in special housing in Sweden: a population-based cohort study

  1. Bart Geurden
  1. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Centre for Research and Innovation in Care (CRIC), University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Bart Geurden
    University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, Wilrijk 2610, Belgium; bart.geurden{at}ua.ac.be

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Implications for research and practice

Implications for nursing practice of this research:

  • Malnutrition is not restricted to institutionalised older people with cognitive impairment. Those with cognitive impairment living in regular housing also have an increased risk of malnutrition.

  • Impaired cognitive ability rather than impaired functional ability is associated with malnutrition regardless of housing and living arrangement.

  • Moderate or severe cognitive impairment is associated with malnutrition rather than mild cognitive impairment.

Implications for nursing research in the light of this study:

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