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Research Article
Volume 6 Issue 2 - 2021
The Risk of Malnutrition in the Frail Elderly: Two Realities Compared. Observational Study of the Nursing Approach to Protein-Energy Malnutrition in the Elderly Patient in Hospital and in Assisted Healthcare Residence
Elsa Vitale1*, Michele Massaro2, Antonia Sibio3, Rosa Martiradonna4 and Francesco Germini5
1Department of Mental Health, Local Health Authority Bari, Italy
2Didactic coordinator of the degree course in Nursing, University of Foggia, Italy
3Nursing Student at the University of Foggia, Italy
4Policlinico Hospital, Bari, Italy
5Manager of Health Professions, Local Health Authority Bari, Italy
*Corresponding Author: Elsa Vitale, Department of Mental Health, Local Health Authority Bari, Italy.
Received: January 20, 2021; Published: January 30, 2021


This research project has the following general objectives: the description of the attitudes of nurses towards protein-energy malnutrition in elderly patients in hospital and health residences and the search for suitable strategies to prevent, recognize and treat it.

The observation and survey period was the quarter from February 2019 to May 2019. A questionnaire was created based on the “The Staff Attitudes to Nutritional Nursing Care Geriatric” scale (SANN-G scale), which was validated in Italian (SANN-Gita Scale).

For each question a report of the responses given by the nurses was reported.

Malnutrition has today become a real pathology that must be diagnosed and prevented. For this reason, good care practices in hospitals and nursing homes are important for recognizing the signs of malnutrition and, the earlier this occurs, the earlier correction can be made.

Keywords: Frail Elderly; Malnutrition; Nursing Approach


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Citation: Elsa Vitale., et al. “The Risk of Malnutrition in the Frail Elderly: Two Realities Compared. Observational Study of the Nursing Approach to Protein-Energy Malnutrition in the Elderly Patient in Hospital and in Assisted Healthcare Residence”. EC Endocrinology and Metabolic Research 6.2 (2021): 47-56.

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