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Revista de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Nefrológica

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MANZANO ANGUA, Juan Manuel  and  NIETO GRANADOS, María Dolores. The influence of the classification criteria on the nutritional evaluation of nursing by anthropometric parameters. Rev Soc Esp Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2005, vol.8, n.1, pp.06-12. ISSN 1139-1375.

With anthropometrics it is possible to indirectly estimate the reserves of somatic fats and proteins by measuring and interpreting certain anthropometric parameters with different nutritional classification criteria. The objective of the study is to know whether the use of different classification criteria affects the results of the nutritional evaluation of nursing by the anthropometric method. The study sample comprised 53 patients with terminal chronic renal insufficiency in haemodialysis and a stable clinical situation. The following were recorded: height, post-haemodialysis weight, cutaneous folding of the triceps, arm circumference and arm muscular circumference. The anthropometric parameters were measured with seven different classification criteria. The prevalence of calorie-protein malnutrition according to criteria “A”, “B”, and “E” were identical, that is, 47.2% and 13.2%. The “F” and “G” criteria respectively classified 15.1% and 39.6% as calorie malnourished and 7.5% and 5.7% as protein malnourished. Finally, the “C” and “D” criteria provided similar prevalences of calorie and protein malnourished. The use of different classification criteria gave very different malnutrition prevalences. The prevalence of calorie malnutrition was more varied and higher than the protein.

Keywords : anthropometrics; haemodialysis; classification criteria.

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