Preoperative Nutrition Status and Postoperative Outcome in Elderly General Surgery Patients: A Systematic Review

Mireille F. M. van Stijn, Ines Korkic-Halilovic, Marjan S. M. Bakker, Tjeerd van der Ploeg, Paul A. M. van Leeuwen, Alexander P. J. Houdijk

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Background: Poor nutrition status is considered a risk factor for postoperative complications in the adult population. In elderly patients, who often have a poor nutrition status, this relationship has not been substantiated. Thus, the aim of this systematic review was to assess the merit of preoperative nutrition parameters used to predict postoperative outcome in elderly patients undergoing general surgery. Methods: A systematic literature search of 10 consecutive years, 1998-2008, in PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases was performed. Search terms used were nutrition status, preoperative assessment, postoperative outcome, and surgery (hip or general), including their synonyms and MeSH terms. Limits used in the search were human studies, published in English, and age (65 years or older). Articles were screened using inclusion and exclusion criteria. All selected articles were checked on methodology and graded. Results: Of 463 articles found, 15 were included. They sho!
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-43
JournalJPEN. Journal of parenteral and enteral nutrition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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