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Table 1 Summarised baseline characteristics of participating patients before and after intervention. Values are group averages (standard deviation (SD)) unless otherwise stated.

From: Nutritional care of Danish medical inpatients: Effect on dietary intake and the occupational groups' perspectives of intervention

  Medical ward I Medical ward II
Before intervention Bed section IA Status Bed section IB Status Bed section IIA Status Bed section IIB Status
Number of patients (women/men) 12 (5/7) 12 (10/2) 10 (7/3) 14 (12/2)
Age, years (SD) 74 (13) 68 (14) 72 (7) 70 (10)
Length of stay, 24 hours (SD) 25 (21) 33 (29) 24 (18) 25 (18)
BMI, kg/m2 (SD) 26.4 (4.2) 26.6 (5.1) 26.1 (6.2) 24.7 (6.0)
BMI, women, kg/m2 (SD), 27.5 (4.2) 27.0 (5.5) 26.5 (6.8) 25.3 (6.2)
BMI, men, kg/m2 (SD), 25.7 (4.4) 24.4 (1.5) 25.2 (5.7) 21.1 (2.5)
Change of body weight per 24 hours, gram (SD) (n)# 20 (100) (4) -78 (83) (7) -154 (107) (5) -6 (174) (6)
  Medical ward I Medical ward II
After intervention Bed section IA Control Bed section IB Intervention Bed section IIA Control Bed section IIB Intervention
Number of patients (women/men) 16 (9/7) 14 (10/4) 13 (9/4) 17 (7/10)
Age, years (SD) 74 (12) 73 (13) 71 (9) 73 (9)
Length of stay, 24 hours (SD) 26 (20) 24 (17) 14 (7) 16 (10)
BMI, kg/m2 (SD) 22.2 (6.3) 22.1 (3.7) 25.9 (7.1) 24.9 (4.9)
BMI, women, kg/m2 (SD) 21.8 (4.7) 22.1 (4.3) 26.6 (8.4) 21.9 (4.5)
BMI, men, kg/m2 (SD) 22.6 (8.0) 22.3 (2.2) 24.4 (3.6) 27.0 (4.0)
Change of body weight per 24 hours, gram (SD) (n) # -72 (184) (8) 11 (108) (11) -105 (140) (8) -87 (238) (10)
Number of patients receiving 'Hospital diet'/'Normal diet' 10/6 11/3 9/4 10/7
  1. # Patients who take diuretics and patients with dehydration or oedema are excluded.