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Relevance of the GLIM criterion and handgrip strength as predictors of nutritional status (malnutrition and obesity) in the hospital environment.

Grant number: 23/01435-2
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: February 01, 2024 - January 31, 2026
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nutrition
Principal Investigator:Vania Aparecida Leandro Merhi
Grantee:Vania Aparecida Leandro Merhi
Host Institution: Pró-Reitoria de Pesquisa, Pós-Graduação e Extensão. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas (PUC-CAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


Introduction:- The nutritional diagnosis of hospitalized patients has been extensively discussed globally and there is no universal consensus on which instruments or indicators are most relevant in clinical practice. Although several indicators and instruments are already described in the literature, new assessment methodologies are gaining ground, such as the Hand Grip Strength (HGS) and the Global Leadership Initiative on Malnutrition (GLIM) criterion. Objective:- To investigate the relevance of the Global Leadership Initiative on Malnutrition (GLIM) criterion and hand grip strength as predictors of nutritional status in hospitalized patients by the Unified Health System (SUS). Methods:- The study will be cross-sectional and prospective and will be select adult and elderly hospitalized patients by the SUS by different clinical and surgical situations. Data collection will be performed with hospitalized patients in hospital wards. Patients will be evaluated in the first 24 hours of hospitalization regarding their nutritional status diagnosed by the GLIM criterion and by the Hand Grip and other indicators and instruments for screening and nutritional assessment. The associations between the GLIM criterion, Hand Grip and clinical variables will also be investigated. Expected Results:- The main contribution of this project will be to investigate and validate the use of handgrip strength and the GLIM criterion, as relevant indicators for use in routine hospital clinical practice in hospitalized patients by the SUS. (AU)

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