Preferences for different high-energy foods in elderly medical in-patients

J R Harper, S McAlpine, M M Hetherington, C Bolton-Smith, M E McMurdo

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    Malnourishment is a common finding in hospitalised elderly patients. It is often addressed by the provision of nutritional supplements, in the form of sip-feeds. Patients' intake of these is frequently inadequate. We assessed the palatability of sip-feed nutritional supplements and other high-energy foods to elderly medical in-patients. Using the Lickhert Scale, 49 subjects rated the taste of a previously selected sip-feed supplement and five other high-energy foods, cheese biscuit, plain potato crisps, chocolate, cherry-flavoured cereal bar and stout beer. Subjects rated the taste of sip-feeds as favourably as all other offered foods, with the exception of the lower rated stout beer (p = 0.0001). Taste alone is unlikely to account for the poor intake of sip-feed nutritional supplements by elderly hospital patients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)171-172
    Number of pages2
    JournalScottish Medical Journal
    Volume46
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

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    Harper, J. R., McAlpine, S., Hetherington, M. M., Bolton-Smith, C., & McMurdo, M. E. (2001). Preferences for different high-energy foods in elderly medical in-patients. Scottish Medical Journal, 46(6), 171-172.
    Harper, J R ; McAlpine, S ; Hetherington, M M ; Bolton-Smith, C ; McMurdo, M E. / Preferences for different high-energy foods in elderly medical in-patients. In: Scottish Medical Journal. 2001 ; Vol. 46, No. 6. pp. 171-172.
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    Harper, JR, McAlpine, S, Hetherington, MM, Bolton-Smith, C & McMurdo, ME 2001, 'Preferences for different high-energy foods in elderly medical in-patients', Scottish Medical Journal, vol. 46, no. 6, pp. 171-172.

    Preferences for different high-energy foods in elderly medical in-patients. / Harper, J R; McAlpine, S; Hetherington, M M; Bolton-Smith, C; McMurdo, M E.

    In: Scottish Medical Journal, Vol. 46, No. 6, 12.2001, p. 171-172.

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    Harper JR, McAlpine S, Hetherington MM, Bolton-Smith C, McMurdo ME. Preferences for different high-energy foods in elderly medical in-patients. Scottish Medical Journal. 2001 Dec;46(6):171-172.