Prevalence of sarcopenia in geriatric hospitalized patients.

  title={Prevalence of sarcopenia in geriatric hospitalized patients.},
  author={Christine Smoliner and Cornel Christian Sieber and Rainer Wirth},
  journal={Journal of the American Medical Directors Association},
  volume={15 4},
OBJECTIVES Sarcopenia, a common syndrome in older individuals, is characterized by a progressive loss of muscle mass and muscle strength. Although data exist on the prevalence of sarcopenia in community-dwelling older individuals and nursing home residents, there has been no systematic research in hospitalized older patients according to newly developed criteria. DESIGN Cross-sectional study design. SETTING Acute geriatric ward of a general hospital. PARTICIPANTS Geriatric inpatients… CONTINUE READING