An investigation of the knowledge, skills and attitudes of carers of free-living elderly: prevention of undernutrition

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Title An investigation of the knowledge, skills and attitudes of carers of free-living elderly: prevention of undernutrition
Author Eldridge, Naomi; Leveritt, Michael; Hughes, Roger Michael
Publication Title Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 28th National Conference
Editor Linda Tapsell
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract Undernutrition is common in elderly people with estimated prevalence in various settings ranging from 5–50%. Malnutrition in the elderly can significantly impact on an individual’s quality of life and is also a costly burden on the health system. The aim of this study was to explore the nutrition knowledge, skills and attitudes of Home and Community Care (HACC) workers in the Gold Coast region using a qualitative research framework. Sixteen semi-structured phone interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed thematically. The respondents showed an awareness of undernutrition in the elderly as well as favourable attitudes towards prevention. The HACC workers tended to follow the Malnutrition Screening Tool as protocol intended. The respondents also showed they have the skills to refer clients at risk of undernutrition to the recommended services or practitioners. Many respondents felt that their clients often lacked motivation to participate in health promoting behaviours or to accept assistance or referral. Further investigation is needed to understand why elderly people may lack motivation to improve their health or accept assistance from health services. Further interventions could be focussed on clients rather than the workforce.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.arinex.com.au/dietitians2010/
Alternative URI http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ndi.2010.67.issue-s1/issuetoc
ISBN 1446-6368
Conference name Dietitians Association of Australia 28th National conference
Location Melbourne, Vic
Date From 2010-05-27
Date To 2010-05-29
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41743
Date Accessioned 2011-01-12
Date Available 2012-02-10T01:16:40Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nutrition and Dietetics
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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