The risk of rehospitalization within 30 days of discharge in older adults with malnutrition: A meta-analysis

Edy Rizal Wahyudi, Sudarto Ronoatmodjo, Siti Setiati, Besral, Czeresna Heriawan Soejono, Tuty Kuswardhani, Ika Fitriana, Jessica Marsigit, Stella Andriana Putri, Gabriel Riadhy Tanok Harmany

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Introduction: Malnutrition is a global health problem associated with higher rehospitalization risk, subsequently increasing the risks of adverse complications, and mortality in older individuals. Nevertheless, studies investigating this are still scarce, and even fewer reviewed and aggregated. A number of studies have recently assessed the correlation of malnourishment with rehospitalization among older adults. Objective/Aim: This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to elaborate the correlation between malnutrition and 30-day rehospitalization in older adults. Methods: Systematic review was conducted on literatures from Cochrane, ScienceDirect, SpringerLink, Oxford Academic, and MEDLINE according to PRISMA Guideline, investigating the correlation of malnutrition in older adults with rehospitalization, using Malnutrition, Older Adults, and Rehospitalization as keywords. Meta-analysis was done using RevMan, with random-effect analysis model. P values of ≤0.05 were considered statistically significant with results reported as risk ratios (RR), mean differences (MD), 95 % confidence intervals (CI) and I2 statistics. Results: Seven literatures were analysed, consisting of 19,340 patients aged 65 or older undergoing hospitalization. Subjects were assessed with screening tools to identify malnutrition. Malnourished subjects are compared to others with normal nutrition; in cohort studies with follow-up period ranging from 3 to 16 months. Malnutrition significantly increased the risks of rehospitalization within 30 days (RR 1.73 [95 % CI 1.10–2.72], p = 0.02, I2 = 56 %), overall rehospitalization at all times (RR 1.33 [95 % CI 1.16–1.52], p < 0.0001, I2 = 75 %), and overall mortality (RR 2.66 [95 % CI 1.09–6.50], p = 0.03, I2 = 94 %). Conclusion: Malnutrition exhibited significant consequences in older patients regarding the rate of rehospitalization and mortality based on this meta-analysis. Further research is highly encouraged to verify this finding.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105306
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • Malnutrition
  • Older adults
  • Rehospitalization


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