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Chapter 7: Nutritional Problems in the Nursing Home Population: Opportunities for Clinical Interventions
In this chapter, we present material leading to three conclusions. First, nutritional deficiencies are common underlying causes for adverse clinical outcomes within the nursing home (NH) population. Second, these nutritional deficiencies are frequently not recognized. Third and most important, opportunities exist to improve clinical outcomes within NHs by preventing or correcting these nutritional deficiencies; but this is possible only if the significance and reversible nature of the deficiencies are recognized.
A review of certain basic principles of clinical nutrition serves as a useful starting point (56). Our food, composed of recently living plant and animal tissue, has all the chemical complexity of ...