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Tijdschr Gerontol Geriatr. 1989 Oct;20(5):211-4.

[Measurement or estimation of body length in older nursing home patients].

[Article in Dutch]

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Verpleeghuisartsen Verpleeghuis De Bieslandhof, Delft.


Measurement of body height of elderly persons can be difficult or impossible because of inability to stand or inability to stand in the right position. In seventy-five percent of elderly patients of a nursing home (n = 281) height could not be measured. Measurement of the height in a recumbent position was possible in fifty-five percent of the patients and measurement of arm span, used as a substitute for height, in sixty percent. Knee height could be measured in 95% of the patients; height can however roughly be estimated from knee height. Indices reflecting nutritional status, which require height as a variable (such as Quetelet Index), are of limited use for elderly patients in nursing homes.

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