Malnutrition Prevalence Rates among Dutch Nursing Home Residents: What Has Changed over One Decade? A Comparison of the Years 2009, 2013 and 2018

I.H.J. Everink*, J.C.M. van Haastregt, M. Manders, M.A.E. de van der Schueren, J.M.G.A. Schols

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Objectives To assess changes in prevalence of malnutrition and its associated factors among people living in Dutch nursing homes in 2009, 2013 and 2018. Design Secondary data analysis of the International Prevalence Measurement of Care Quality (LPZ) study. Setting Dutch nursing homes. Participants Residents living at a psychogeriatric or somatic ward in Dutch nursing homes in 2009, 2013 or 2018. Measurements weight and height, unintentional weight loss over the last month and last six months, age, sex, length of stay up to the measurement day, care dependency, and the presence of various diseases (dementia, diabetes mellitus, stroke, diseases of the respiratory system, respiratory diseases and pressure ulcers). Results In total, 14,317 residents were included in this study with a mean age of 82.2, 70.9 female and 66.8% was living on a psychogeriatric ward. Results of this study show relative stability in background characteristics of the nursing home population over the last decade. In the total sample, 16.7% was malnourished and these percentages were 16.6% in 2009, 17.5% in 2013 and 16.3% in 2018. Multiple binary logistic regression analyses revealed having a pressure ulcer, female sex and living on a psychogeriatric department to be positively associated and having diabetes mellitus to be negatively associated with malnutrition throughout the years. These associations were strong and similar across years. Conclusion Even though much attention has been paid to prevent malnutrition in Dutch nursing homes over the last decades, results show a relatively stable malnutrition prevalence rate of around 16%. This leads to the question if nursing staff is able to sufficiently recognize residents with (a risk of) malnutrition, and if they are aware of interventions they could perform to decrease this rate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1005
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition Health & Aging
Issue number8
Early online date4 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • Malnutrition
  • long-term care
  • nutritional status
  • aged
  • CARE


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