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Nurs Older People. 2015 Jun;27(5):29-35. doi: 10.7748/nop.27.5.29.e697.

An overview of appetite decline in older people.

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National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust; MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton.

Abstract

Poor appetite is a common problem in older people living at home and in care homes, as well as hospital inpatients. It can contribute to weight loss and nutritional deficiencies, and associated poor healthcare outcomes, including increased mortality. Understanding the causes of reduced appetite and knowing how to measure it will enable nurses and other clinical staff working in a range of community and hospital settings to identify patients with impaired appetite. A range of strategies can be used to promote better appetite and increase food intake.

KEYWORDS:

Appetite; eating; malnutrition; nutritional deficiencies; strategies; weight loss

PMID:
26018489
PMCID:
PMC4589891
DOI:
10.7748/nop.27.5.29.e697
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