Methods of assessment of hydration status and their usefulness in detecting dehydration in the elderly

Bak, Aggie, Tsiami, Amalia and Greene, Carolynn (2017) Methods of assessment of hydration status and their usefulness in detecting dehydration in the elderly. Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science, 5 (2). ISSN 2347-467X

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Abstract

Assessment of hydration status is complex and difficult to achieve. Few assessment methods have been validated to accurately measure the fluid compartments in the body, but they have little application in practice. Different techniques have been developed to determine hydration status for the use in clinical settings, but their diagnostic accuracy remains questionable. Since many experts argue that there is no 'gold-standard' technique and one can never be achieved, this paper describes both, the benefits and limitations of the available methods and their usability in assessing hydration status of the elderly.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hydration; dehydration; older adults; aging; osmolar concentration; sensitivity and specificity; specific gravity; urinalysis
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health > Care homes
Medicine and health
Medicine and health > Nutrition
Depositing User: Aggie Bak
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 10:11
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 10:20
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3613

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