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Table 1 Characteristics of the participants

From: Older patients’ and their family caregivers’ perceptions of food, meals and nutritional care in the transition between hospital and home care: a qualitative study

Patient (P)Age rangeGenderMNA scoreaHospital daysReasons for hospital admissionLiving-situationNo. of inter-viewsFamily caregiver (FCG) (age)
191–95F165Worsened heart failure, back painAlone2Grand-daughter (52)
281–85F20,56Malfunction and impaired general health conditionAlone1 
371–75F146Neurological problems, hypokalemia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), portal hypertension, liver cirrhosisAlone-sheltered housingb2 
491–95F17,57Frailty, infection, cancerWith spouse1 
576–80M146Urinary tract infection, Parkinson’s, kidney failure, dysphagiaWith spouse2Wife (83)
691–95F22,54Broken arm, fall tendency, mild cognitive failureAlone1Daughter (54)
781–85M9,57Pain in the jaw, severe weight lossWith spouse2Wife (80)
886–90F174Pyelitis, weight loss, lack of appetite, nauseaAlone2Daughter (58)
976–80M18,510Sepsis, pneumonia, metastatic prostate cancer, severe weight lossWith spouse2 
1081–85F163Loss of consciousness, atrial fibrillation, back painWith spouse2Husband (86)
1186–90M173Chest pain, lack of appetite, difficult home situationAlone2 
1296–100M145Fall/ailment, heart failure, urinary tract infection, dysphagiaAlone1 
1381–85F115Pneumonia, COPD, severe malnutritionAlone2Daughter (61)
1481–85F16.55Fall, loss of consciousness, lack of appetite, weight lossAlone in sheltered housingb2Son (55)
1576–80F205Pulmonary embolism/aortic plastanosis, diabetes type 2 (insulin regulated)Alone2Son (56)
  1. aTotal MNA assessment (part 1 + 2): 17.0 to 23.5: At risk of malnutrition; less than 17 points: malnourished. Measured in hospital
  2. bHousing with available care services including dinner service in a cafeteria