Cost-effectiveness of nutrition interventions in nursing home residents: a pilot intervention.

@article{Simmons2010CosteffectivenessON,
  title={Cost-effectiveness of nutrition interventions in nursing home residents: a pilot intervention.},
  author={Sandra F. Simmons and X. J. Zhuo and Emmett B. Keeler},
  journal={The journal of nutrition, health & aging},
  year={2010},
  volume={14 5},
  pages={367-72}
}
OBJECTIVES Unintentional weight loss is a prevalent and costly clinical problem among nursing home (NH) residents. One of the most common nutrition interventions for residents at risk for weight loss is oral liquid nutrition supplementation. The purpose of this study was to determine the cost effectiveness of supplements relative to offering residents' snack foods and fluids between meals to increase caloric intake. DESIGN Randomized, controlled trial. SETTING Three long-term care… CONTINUE READING

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The purpose of this study was to determine the cost effectiveness of supplements relative to offering residents ' snack foods and fluids between meals to increase caloric intake .
For both intervention groups , research staff documented residents ' caloric intake between meals from supplements or snack items , refusal rates and the amount of staff time required to provide each intervention .
For groups two and three , trained research staff provided supplements or snacks twice daily between meals , five days per week , for six weeks with assistance and encouragement to promote consumption . MEASUREMENTS .
The purpose of this study was to determine the cost effectiveness of supplements relative to offering residents ' snack foods and fluids between meals to increase caloric intake .
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