Elderly Health

Documentation of body mass index (BMI) components in older adults (ages 65-84 years)

Individuals who had their height and weight documented (numerator), among Individuals aged 65-84 years (denominator)

Rational:

Monitoring body weight in older adults has an important role in primary care, facilitating morbidity and mortality prevention. Physiologic changes occurring with older age, chronic diseases, use of multiple drugs, dementia, depression, and oral diseases may all lead to weight loss and underweight in the elderly. Even mild underweight (21 Kg/m2?BMI ?22.9 Kg/m2) is known to be associated with excess mortality, compared with those with normal-range BMI (23 Kg/m2?BMI?24.9 Kg/m2). Involuntary weight loss may signal frailty requiring medical attention. Both underweight and involuntary weight loss are often underdiagnosed [1].

Numerator:

Individuals in the denominator who had their height and weight documented (height ever after age 65 years and weight in previous year)

Denominator

Individuals aged 65-84 years

Notes:

None

Notes:

[1] Winter JE, MacInnis RJ, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Nowson CA. BMI and all-cause mortality in older adults: a metaanalysis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014; 99(4): 875-90.

Results:
Documentation of BMI components by year
Documentation of BMI components by socio-economic position (1-lowest, 4-highest) and sex


National Program for Quality Indicators in Community Healthcare
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