Opinions of nurses about malnutrition in community-dwelling and hospitalized elderly: a cross-sectional survey.

Looptijd: February 2016 - present
Status (lopend of afgerond): in progress
Kenniscentrum: Research Centre for Healthy and Sustainable Living
Lectoraat: Chronic Illnesses
Betrokken lector: Professor Dr. M.J. Schuurmans
Betrokken onderzoekers: PhD candidate D. ten Cate, Dr. R.G.A. Ettema
Bijbehorend promotieonderzoek: Early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition before and after hospitalization in community-dwelling elderly (D. ten Cate)
Betrokken opleidingen: Bachelor of Nursing
URL website project: Debbie ten Cate


Doel en doelgroep:
Gain insight what the opinions of nurses working in the hospital and homecare about malnutrition in community-dwelling and hospitalized elderly are by means of a written survey. Examining the current practice from the perspective of nurses is one of the preparatory steps in the development of the nursing nutrition intervention.

Relevantie voor de beroepspraktijk/maatschappelijke relevantie:
This insight provides information about the extent to which nurses think the subject malnutrition in elderly is relevant. This provides an indication of the extent to which nurses consider nursing care in nutrition and malnutrition as relevant and what their contribution is to the problem of malnutrition in the elderly.

Relevantie voor het onderwijs:
Students learn that nutrition and malnutrition are essential parts of their nursing tasks. Students learn to reflect on their attitude towards nutrition and malnutrition. Students learn to become aware with which CanMEDS roles and which tasks they can provide nursing care in nutritional care.

Various partners are involved in this project: University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Research Group Basic Care Revisited, UMC Utrecht, Gelderse Vallei Hospital, St. Antonius Hospital and several homecare organizations in Utrecht and region Utrecht such as Buurtzorg, Careyn, AxionContinu and Vitras.


Results of this study are used as a building block for the intervention to be developed. Results of the research were presented at participating organizations and at a national conference.