Prevalence of protein-energy malnutrition risk in European older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis

How big is the problem of disease related malnutrition among older adults in Europe? More than 20% is at high risk and almost 50% is at moderate risk. This systematic review and meta-analysis shows that prevalence rates differ by screening tool, and by country. Also women, older old adults and the ones with more underlying diseases are at higher risk.

The Joint Action Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub is launched as part of the Strategic Research Agenda of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL). The MaNuEL consortium consists of 22 research groups from seven countries (Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands and New Zealand).

One of the work packages of the MaNuEL Knowledge Hub was described as:
collect prevalence data on malnutrition in older adults in different settings and countries based on the preferred screening tools.

This review describes the results of this work package. Read the full article here.