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Hinder och möjligheter i sjuksköterskans förebyggande arbete mot malnutrition hos äldre: En litteraturöversikt
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Obstacles and opportunities in the nurse's work to prevent malnutrition of the elderly : a literature review (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Malnutrition is a common problem within the elderly care. Malnutrition is in many cases a critically state which can generate suffering and, in some cases an earlier death for the elderly patient. Nurses has a central role in preventing malnutrition since it belongs to the nurse´s responsibility and area of expertise.  Many different factors can affect elderly patients’ appetite and cause loss of weight. It is important for nurses to have knowledge about how to work preventive against this problem. 

Aim: The purpose of this review was to highlight obstacles and opportunities within nurses’ preventive work against malnutrition of the elderly patient.

Method: The method chosen was a literature review based on qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research studies. The databases Cinahl and PubMed were used and 11 studies was found. The chosen studies were critically reviewed using Friberg’s three step model.

Results: The results presented was based on three major themes and eight subthemes describing obstacles and opportunities. Lack of knowledge, time and organizational barriers were major factors that affected nurses’ preventive work. The results showed also nurses’ lack of knowledge of validated measuring instruments for identifying patients at risk. Instead identification was preformed incorrectly which caused risk patients as unidentified.

Conclusion: Nurses has a great responsibility for early identification of patients at risk of developing malnutrition. Good knowledge about risk factors, relevant actions and administrating the different measuring instruments are a prerequisite for reducing the number of malnourished patients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 24
Keywords [en]
Barriers, Elderly, Malnutrition, Nursing, Prevention
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12348Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12348DiVA, id: diva2:1209787
Subject / course
Nursing science
Educational program
Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2018-05-25 Created: 2018-05-24 Last updated: 2018-05-25Bibliographically approved

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