Improving nutrition care for nursing home residents using the INRx process

Neva L. Crogan, Ceanne Alvine, Alice E Pasvogel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Scopus citations

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the Individual Nutrition Rx (INRx) assessment process and report findings on elder nutritional status, common nutrition problems identified by the INRx process, resolution outcomes from each problem, and the most efficacious approaches used to address the identified nutrition problems. The study used a two-group prospective quasi-experimental design with measures taken at baseline and at 6 months. Participants in the treatment group (n = 41) received the 6-month INRx assessment process, while residents in the comparison group (n = 40) received routine care specific to their nursing home. The most frequent nutritional problems identified were appetite change, poor positioning while eating, and problems with oral status. A total of 39 approaches were recommended by the interdisciplinary research team. Serum albumin and prealbumin, and depression scores were all significantly improved post intervention. The problems, approaches, and outcomes identified during the INRx process support the premise that interdisciplinary teams following the INRx process can assess complex nutritional problems and influence outcomes for older adults living in nursing homes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-103
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Nutrition for the Elderly
Volume25
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 22 2007

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Assessment process
  • Nursing home
  • Nutritional status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Cite this