Nutritional assessment interpretation on 22 007 Spanish community-dwelling elders through the Mini Nutritional Assessment test Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prevalence of undernutrition among community-dwelling elderly people in Spain using the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) and to analyse its distribution according to age, gender and residence region. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study assessing the nutritional status of elderly persons through both the short form and the full version of the MNA test. SETTING: Pharmacy offices across the whole country (Spain) were enrolled to recruit participants. SUBJECTS: A total of 22 007 participants (8014 men and 13 993 women), aged >or=65 years, assessed during the last two months of 2005. RESULTS: According to MNA screening, 4.3 % subjects were classified as undernourished (MNA score <17) and 25.4 % were at risk of undernutrition (MNA score >or=17 to

publication date

  • January 2009