J Korean Dysphagia Soc.  2011 Jul;1(2):75-79.

Nutritional Status of the Hospitalized Patients with High Risk of Dysphagia in Korea

  • 1Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University Health System, Seoul, Korea


Dysphagia may contribute to the development of malnutrition resulting from impairment in swallowing efficacy and reduced oral intake. Nutritional status should be monitored and specific dietetic strategies are introduced to enhance calorie intake. Five published trials that had examined nutritional status in the hospitalized geriatric patients and the rehabilitation inpatients in Korea were reviewed. Among geriatric hospitalized patients, 22-51% of the elderly patients were malnutrition status which associated significantly with prolonged their hospital stay and compromised their ability of daily living. Prevalence of malnutrition increased in the studies of the geriatric hospitalized patients after stroke and further in the cases of complicated with dysphagia. It is needed larger prospective studies to know the prevalence and characteristics of malnutrition in the dysphagia patients according to their various medical conditions during acute and chronic phase.


Malnutrition; Nutritional status; Dysphagia; Geriatric patient
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