Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Scand J Prim Health Care. 2008;26(1):46-9. doi: 10.1080/02813430801892037.

Measuring body mass index (BMI) in nursing home residents: the usefulness of measurement of arm span.

Author information

  • 1NKS Olaviken Hospital for Old Age Psychiatry and Section for Geriatric Medicine, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen, Norway. harald.nygaard@isf.uib.no <harald.nygaard@isf.uib.no>

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study whether arm span can be used as substitute for measurement of height in nursing home patients for calculating body mass index (BMI).

DESIGN:

Explanatory observational study.

SETTING:

Assessment of 35 nursing home residents admitted to long-term stay in a nursing home.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Correlation between measured height and arm span and of BMI based on both measures.

RESULTS:

Measured height and arm span, and BMI calculated from either measure were significantly correlated, r(s)=0.75, p <0.001 and r(s)=0.89, p <0.001, respectively. The ratios of measured height and arm span and between BMIs based on height or arm span are close to 1, but the dispersion is rather large.

CONCLUSION:

Arm span is a reliable substitute for measurement of height in nursing home patients. In persons with severe height reduction, arm-span-based BMI is probably more accurate than conventional height-based BMI.

PMID:
18297563
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC3406628
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Informa Healthcare Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk