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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

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


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randomised controlled trial.

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60 days.

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the geriatric ward of a hospital in Liège, Belgium.

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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Dr C Gazzotti, Service de geriatrie CHR Citadelle, Liège, Belgium.

  • Source of funding: not stated.