Black/White Differences in Nutritional Risk Among Rural Older Adults Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • In order to examine race differences in nutritional risk among participants in rural home-delivered meals programs, we con-ducted a secondary analysis using routinely collected data on 245 par-ticipants from two rural North Carolina counties. After constructing three categories of High Nutritional Risk from the putative High Risk category of the Nutrition Screening Initiative’s (NSI) DETERMINE Checklist and using adjusted logistic regression, we found black participants 3.7 times more likely than white participants to be at the highest level of nutritional risk, with a further increase in odds when economic need was present. This underscores the importance of understanding racial and cultural differences in the development and delivery of targeted and tailored nutritional services to older adults. © 2001 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sharkey, J. R., & Haines, P. S.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • March 2001