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Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005 Aug;59 Suppl 1:S187-94.

Nutritional deficiency in Dutch primary care: data from general practice research and registration networks.

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  • 1Department of General Practice, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. c.vanwayenburg@hag.umcn.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore incidence and prevalence rates of nutritional deficiency in adults in general practice.

METHODS:

Six Dutch general practice research and registration networks supplied incidence and prevalence rates of nutritional deficiency by the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC) or 'E-list' labels ('loss of appetite, feeding problem adult, iron, pernicious/folate deficiency anaemia, vitamin deficiencies and other nutritional disorders, weight loss'). In case of disease-related nutritional deficiency, we asked whether this was labelled separately ('co-registered') or included in the registration of the underlying disease.

RESULTS:

'Iron deficiency anaemia' had highest incidence (0.3-8.5/1000 person years), and prevalence rates (2.8-8.9/1000 person years). Nutritional deficiency was mostly documented in the elderly. In two networks 'co-registration' was additional, two only documented the underlying disease and two did not specify 'co-registration'. No clear difference was found between networks considering the difference in 'co-registration'.

CONCLUSION:

Nutritional deficiency is little documented in general practice, and generally is not registered separately from the underlying disease.

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