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Interdisciplinary Nutritional Management and Care for Older Adults

An Evidence-Based Practical Guide for Nurses

  • Published in Open Access
  • Supports nurses to co-design, manage and deliver multidisciplinary nutritional care with emphasises on orthogeriatrics
  • Written by internationally recognised authors, champions of co-designed and multidisciplinary nutrition care
  • Provides the rationale and examples to work with older adults for a patient focused, high value, evidence-based care

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Nutritional Care in Geriatrics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Overview of Nutrition Care in Geriatrics and Orthogeriatrics

      • Ólöf G. Geirsdóttir, Karen Hertz, Julie Santy-Tomlinson, Antony Johansen, Jack J. Bell
      Pages 3-18Open Access
    3. Nutritional Requirements in Geriatrics

      • Anne Marie Beck, Mette Holst
      Pages 19-30Open Access
    4. Nutritional Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment in Geriatrics

      • Mette Holst, Anne Marie Beck
      Pages 31-50Open Access
    5. Malnutrition Prevention

      • Patrick Roigk, Fabian Graeb
      Pages 51-64Open Access
    6. Nutrition Support in Older Adults

      • Mette Holst, Ólöf G. Geirsdóttir, Jack J. Bell
      Pages 65-77Open Access
    7. Supporting Nutrition Care in Older Adults: An Essential Component of ‘Best Practice’ Nursing

      • Lina Spirgienė, Gytė Damulevičienė, Gabriele Bales, Jack J. Bell
      Pages 79-85Open Access
    8. Preventing and Managing Hydration and Dehydration in Older People

      • Vilborg Kolbrún Vilmundardóttir, Sigrún Sunna Skúladóttir
      Pages 87-98Open Access
    9. Untangling Malnutrition, Physical Dysfunction, Sarcopenia, Frailty and Cachexia in Ageing

      • Carla M. Prado, Jack J. Bell, M. Cristina Gonzalez
      Pages 99-113Open Access
    10. Bone Health, Fragility and Fractures

      • Helen Wilson, Diana Calcraft, Cai Neville, Susan Lanham-New, Louise R. Durrant
      Pages 115-134Open Access
    11. How to Sustain and Spread Nutritional Care Improvements

      • Celia V. Laur, Jack J. Bell
      Pages 147-157Open Access
    12. Delivering Interprofessional Education to Embed Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Effective Nutritional Care

      • Julie Santy-Tomlinson, Celia V. Laur, Sumantra Ray
      Pages 159-169Open Access
  3. Part II: Special Topics in Geriatric Nutrition

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 171-176
    2. Multidisciplinary Nutrition Care: Benefitting Patients with Malnutrition Across Healthcare Sectors

      • Heather Keller, Susan Slaughter, Leah Gramlich, Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, Jack J. Bell
      Pages 177-188Open Access
    3. Physical Activity, Exercise, and Physical Rehabilitation

      • Camila Astolphi Lima, Renato Barbosa dos Santos, Monica Rodrigues Perracini
      Pages 189-198Open Access
    4. Pressure Injury Prevention and Management

      • Donna Hickling, Tracy Nowicki, Julie Santy-Tomlinson
      Pages 199-205Open Access
    5. Obesity and Health in Older Adults

      • Alfons Ramel, Sari Stenholm
      Pages 207-214Open Access
    6. The Nutritional System

      • Saverio Cinti
      Pages 215-224Open Access

About this book

This open access book aims to primarily support nurses as leaders and champions of multimodal, Interdisciplinary nutrition care for older adults.  A structured approach to fundamentals of nutrition care across Interdisciplinary settings is combined with additional short chapters about special topics in geriatric nutrition. The book is designed to provide highly accessible information on evidence-based management and care for older adults, with a focus on practical guidance and advice across acute, rehabilitation, and primary and secondary malnutrition prevention settings.The cost of malnutrition in England alone has been estimated to be £19.6 billion per year, or more than 15% of the total public expenditure on health and social care. ^65 years. The importance and benefit of specialised nutrition care, delivered by experts in field, is well established for those with complex nutrition care needs. However, despite the substantial adverse impact of malnutrition on patient and healthcare outcomes, specialised management of this condition is often under-resourced, overlooked and under-prioritised by both older adults and their treating teams.

 As an alternative, timely, efficient, and effective supportive nutrition care opportunities may be appropriately implemented by nurses and non-specialist Interdisciplinary healthcare team members, working together with nutrition specialists and the older adults they care for. Practical, low-risk opportunities should be considered across nutrition screening, assessment, intervention, and monitoring domains for many patients with, or at risk of malnutrition.  Whilst a variety of team members may contribute to supportive nutrition care, the nursing profession provide a clear focal point. Nurses across diverse settings provide the backbone for Interdisciplinary teamwork and essential patient care. The nursing profession should consequently be considered best placed to administer Interdisciplinary, multimodal nutrition care, wherever specialist nutrition care referrals are unlikely to add value or are simply not available. As such, the book is a valuable resource for all healthcare providers dedicated to working with older patients to improve nutrition care.  



Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, School of Health Science, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland

    Ólöf G. Geirsdóttir

  • Allied Health, The Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, Australia

    Jack J. Bell

About the editors

Dr Ólöf Guðný Geirsdóttir. Dr Geirsdóttir has developed a strong interdisciplinary research focused on gerontological research in several core areas, including nutritional status, physical function, physical activity and active ageing. Dr Geirsdóttir has background broad experience as a clinical nutritionist at several units at the National University of Iceland. She has contributed to clinical guidelines for patient care, a handbook of food and nutrition for older people, and guidelines in prevention of falls for the Landspítali University Hospital. Dr Geirsdóttir led the work, with the Director of Health, on the Icelandic nutritional recommendations (2018) for older adults and healthy and a nutritional recommendation for sick and frail older people. Recent research works have focussed on associations between nutrition and physical activity among community-dwelling older adults, the nutritional status of sick and frail older adults and how to improve outcomes with nutritional care. In addition to contributing to clinical care and peer reviewed international literature, Dr Geirsdóttir advocates for multidisciplinary nutrition care education across administrative, academic leadership, and educational positions promoting ageing research, for example as the Secretary General of the 25th Nordic Congress of Gerontology.   

Dr Jack Bell is a conjoint Principal Research Fellow and Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian at The University of Queensland and The Prince Charles Hospital, and is longstanding member of the Queensland Clinical Senate. He has over 20 years’ clinical experience working with older adults and teams to deliver multidisciplinary nutritional care across a variety of settings. Dr Bell is a strong advocate for engaging patients in co-design and shared decision making, and clinicians as co-researchers. As a clinical academic and implementation practitioner, Dr Bell works with patients and diverse players the development, implementation, and evaluation of new models of care directing how malnutrition should be managed in diverse, contemporary settings both in Australia and internationally. Published works are challenging international norms and perceptions regarding how malnutrition care is provided in hospitals, have highlighted the need to adopt systematized, multidisciplinary nutrition care across the continuum to improve outcomes for older adults and those who care for them.  



Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Interdisciplinary Nutritional Management and Care for Older Adults

  • Book Subtitle: An Evidence-Based Practical Guide for Nurses

  • Editors: Ólöf G. Geirsdóttir, Jack J. Bell

  • Series Title: Perspectives in Nursing Management and Care for Older Adults

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-63891-7Published: 11 September 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-63894-8Published: 26 September 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-63892-4Published: 10 September 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2522-8838

  • Series E-ISSN: 2522-8846

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 271

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Nursing, Nutrition

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