Nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding nutrition in the elderly

R. Endevelt, P. Werner, D. Goldman, T. Karpati

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Background-aims: Nurses in the community are in contact with the elderly at different levels of care. The aim of this study was to assess nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding nutritional-care for the elderly, and the impact of their attitude on the quality of assessment-care they provide to this growing population in need of nutritional-care. Methods: A structured questionnaire was distributed by mail to 600 nurses working in Maccabi-Health-Care-Services (MHS). The questionnaire assessed different aspects of elderly nutrition. Results: The vast majority (91%) of the participants reported treating elderly in their practice. Religious nurses and the nurses with an individual orientation specialty reported more positive attitudes about nutritional-care for the elderly than others did (p=0.05). Nurses with a bachelor's degree had better attitudes than registered nurses about the importance of nutrition for the elderly (p< 0.01). Younger nurses were found to be more knowledgeable than older ones (p< 0.04). The nurses perceived nutrition as influencing different health conditions, and 85% pointed to the importance of feeding at the end of life. Conclusions: Nurses working in the community recognize the impact of proper nutrition on elderly patients' health, but need more training in screening for nutritional problems in the elderly. The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-489
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nutrition, Health and Aging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Elderly nutrition
  • Nurses knowledge and attitudes regarding nutrition
  • Nutritional care of the elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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