Nutritional needs of hospitalized older patients admitted to geriatric rehabilitation wards
- Research Opportunity
- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Number of Honour Places Available
- Medicine and Radiology
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
|Dr Esmee M. Reijnierseemail@example.com||+61 3 9342 4634||Personal web page|
|Prof Andrea B. Maierfirstname.lastname@example.org||+61 3 9342 2635||Personal web page|
Sarcopenia (age-related low muscle mass and muscle strength) and malnutrition are treatable conditions and central to the development of physical deconditioning, falls, morbidity, re-admission and mortality. Nutritional intake and physical activity contribute significantly to the development of sarcopenia and are important factors to prevent and treat sarcopenia. A sufficient intake of nutrients, especially protein, has been shown to increase protein synthesis, necessary to regain muscle health. For malnutrition, a sufficient intake of energy and protein intake is required to prevent further unintentional weight loss and weight restoration. Sarcopenia and malnutrition frequently co-exist in patients; however, the concurrence of sarcopenia and malnutrition in a subacute setting of geriatric patients in a rehabilitation program is unknown. Additionally, despite the knowledge that nutrition is the cornerstone of sarcopenia and malnutrition interventions, there is at present a lack of knowledge to determine appropriate energy requirements in the geriatric rehabilitation population. Furthermore, 80% of patients in geriatric rehabilitation programs have insufficient dietary intake to support muscle metabolism that facilitates recovery from a hospital stay. This project will assess the nutritional needs, looking at energy and protein needs versus energy and protein intake, in patients in geriatric rehabilitation programs.
- To assess the concurrence of sarcopenia and malnutrition in geriatric rehabilitation inpatients
- To define clinical phenotypes of patients based on sarcopenia and malnutrition in regard to resting metabolic rate, energy balance (energy requirements versus energy intake) and protein status (optimal protein intake versus actual protein intake).
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PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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