At which body mass index and degree of weight loss should hospitalized elderly patients be considered at nutritional risk?

@article{Beck1998AtWB,
  title={At which body mass index and degree of weight loss should hospitalized elderly patients be considered at nutritional risk?},
  author={Anne Marie Beck and Lars Ovesen},
  journal={Clinical nutrition},
  year={1998},
  volume={17 5},
  pages={195-8}
}
The Subjective Global Assessment, the Nutrition Risk Score and a Danish counterpart are simple screening methods to detect patients at risk of nutrition-related complications. The cut-off points used in the screening are a body mass index (BMI) less than 20 kg/m2 (18. 5 kg/m2 in the Danish version) and weight loss more than 5% during the last 1-6 months - regardless of age. This review of the literature indicates that the optimal range of BMI for elderly people is increasing from 20 to 25 kg/m2… CONTINUE READING

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