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Table 1 Correlation between total MNA score and eighteen items of MNA among elderly living in Hawassa City, 2012 (n = 548)

From: Evaluation of mini nutrition assessment (MNA) tool among community dwelling elderly in urban community of Hawassa city, Southern Ethiopia

MNA variable γ p
Changes in dietary intake in past 3 months 0.532 <0.001
Weight loss in past 3 months 0.616 <0.001
Mobility 0.373 <0.001
Psychological stress or acute disease in past 3 months 0.630 <0.001
Dementia 0.238 <0.001
BMI 0.621 <0.001
Lives independently 0.101 0.018
More than 3 prescription drugs per day 0.201 <0.001
Pressure sores 0.170 <0.001
Number of full meals per day 0.454 <0.001
Protein intake 0.234 <0.001
Fruits or vegetables intake 0.262 <0.001
Fluid intake 0.206 <0.001
Mode of feeding 0.106 0.013
Self-perceived nutritional status 0.532 <0.001
Self-perceived health status 0.317 <0.001
Mid-arm circumference 0.368 <0.001
Calf circumference 0.165 <0.001
  1. MNA, Mini Nutrition Assessment; BMI Body Mass Index; γ: Spearman rank correlation coefficient; P < 0.05: is significant