An overview of appetite decline in older people

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses

Authors

Anna L Pilgrim, Senior research assistant at 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.
Sian M Robinson, Professor of nutritional epidemiology at 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.
Avan Aihie Sayer, Professor of geriatric medicine at NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust; MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton; Academic Geriatric Medicine, University of Southampton; NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care: Wessex.
Helen C Roberts, Associate professor of geriatric medicine at NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust; MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton; Academic Geriatric Medicine, University of Southampton; NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care: Wessex.


Short description

Learn about the consequences of poor appetite - a common problem in older people, and the strategies that can be used to promote better appetite and increase food intake in these patients.


Detailed description

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.

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