Attityder till äldres ätande och näringstillstånd
: En enkätstudie bland kommunala sjuksköterskor

Translated title of the thesis: Attitudes to elderly people’s eating andnutritional status: A study based on a questionnaire among registered nurses in municipal care
  • Malin Sundström
  • Linda Varland

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Elderly people run the risk of undernourishment to a great extent. Registered nurses have an important task in nutritional care. The aim of the study was to measure attitudes to elderly people’s eating and nutritional status. The valid instrument, Staff Attitudes to Nutritional Nursing Care Geriatric scale, (SANN-G-scale) was used. Registered nurses working in nursing homes and short-term care in two communities were selected. Two statements were added to the questionnaire, focussing on nutrition policy and further education. The percentage of answers was almost 50 %. The result showed that registered nurses overall had a positive attitude. The area that showed the highest degree of positive attitude was individualisation about the meal situation. One third of the registered nurses considered that the elderly in municipal care were rarely undernourished, although research findings are showing the opposite. To reveal the elderly´s actual nutritional status the number of assessments, the documentation and what measures have been taken must be investigated. The result could be a good foundation for development work and improvements. In this work further education, reflection about ways of working and ways of communicate should be included. The positive attitude and the registered nurses’ wish for further education are favourable for improvement of nutritional care and meal situations in nursing homes and short-term care.

    Date of Award2011-Jun-07
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorJane Björkman (Supervisor) & Carina Elgan (Supervisor)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    Courses and Subjects

    • Miscellaneous

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • attitudes
    • registered nurse
    • elderly
    • undernourishment

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