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Benefits of family mealtimes for nursing home residents: Protecting mealtimes may similarly benefit elderly inpatients

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1334
  1. Abhay K Das (, consultant physician,
  2. Tina McDougall, head of dietetics,
  3. Jacqueline A J Smithson, consultant gastroenterologist,
  4. Robert M West, lecturer
  1. Pontefract General Infirmary, Pontefract WF8 1PL
  2. Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull HU3 2JZ
  3. Department of Biostatistics, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LN

    EDITOR—The study by Nijs et al of Dutch elderly nursing home residents showed that improving the ambience at mealtimes prevents a decline in body weight.1 A decline in nutritional status during hospital stay may be the result not only of illness but also of problems with feeding and catering policies, such as poor environment, lack …

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