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Table 2 Characteristics of patients participating in the questionnaire survey

From: Effect of changed organisation of nutritional care of Danish medical inpatients

Variable\Patient group A n = 30 B n = 25 C n = 20
Sex, female/male 18/12 14/11 10/10
Age, years on average (min.; max.) 70(46;89) 76(55;91) 69(55;87)
Length of stay as of the date of the interview*, days on average 11.6 13.2 13.1
Mobility-impaired patients**, (%) 19 (63) 11 (44) 15 (75)
Patients who believe to know their own body weight, (%) 25 (83) 22 (88) 17 (85)
- Patients who have experienced unwanted weight loss recently, (%) 18 (60) 12 (48) 16 (80)
- Patients who remember having experienced weight loss over a period of time, (%) 12 (40) 5 (20) 12 (60)
- Average weight loss according to the patients' own assessments, grams/day*** 197 168 134
Patients who have spoken with other staff members about weight loss, (%) 11 (61) 5 (42) 6 (38)
  1. * The total length of stay is not known, as the patients were interviewed during their stay.
  2. ** Patients who are bedfast, confined to a wheelchair or walking-impaired.
  3. ***If the patient has had unwanted weight loss, the patient is asked how many kilograms over the number of days.
  4. Before and during the intervention the following patients participate; Group A: patients who are admitted before the nutritional and health assistant is employed on the ward. Group B: patients who are admitted during the employment period of the nutritional and healthcare assistant but not receiving her nutritional care. Group C: patients who are receiving nutritional care from the nutritional and healthcare assistant during their entire or part of their stay at the hospital.