Table 2

Variables associated with health and functional autonomy among hospitalized elderly, distributed according to the nutritional status (N = 240).

Variable

Anwers

M

(n = 70)

RM

(n = 89)

A

(n = 81)

Chi-square


n

%

n

%

N

%


Interviewed individual

Caregiver

44

62.8

36

40.4

23

28.4

p = 0.009

χ2 = 18.55


User

26

37.2

53

59.6

58

71.6


Caregiver present

Yes

48

68.6

31

34.8

15

18.5

p < 0.001

χ2 = 40.59


No

22

31.4

58

65.2

66

81.5


Chronic disease

Yes

60

85.7

83

93.2

76

93.8

p = 0.148

χ2 = 3.81


No

10

14.3

6

6.8

5

6.2


Tube feeding

Yes

23

32.8

3

3.4

2

2.5

p = 0.004

χ2 = 43.9


No

47

67.2

86

96.6

79

97.5


Use of supplement

Yes

15

21.4

9

10.1

8

9.9

p = 0.06

χ2 = 5.60


No

55

78.6

80

89.9

73

90.1


D = Malnourished; RM = Risk of malnutrition; A = Adequate.

Oliveira et al. Nutrition Journal 2009 8:54   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-8-54

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