Use of Telephone-Administered Survey for Identifying Nutritional Risk Indicators Among Community-Living Older Adults in Rural Areas Academic Article uri icon


  • The ability of Elderly Nutrition Programs, especially in rural areas, to address increasing needs for disparate program services is linked to determining which older people are most likely to be at nutritional risk and what constitutes the potential risk. The purpose of this study is to characterize nutritional risk factors in a probability sample of rural elders (n = 152) through telephone interviews using a 67-question modified version of the Nutrition Screening Initiative's Level I and II screens. Participants reported high levels of unintentional weight loss, medication use, multiple health conditions, and depression. This study demonstrates that comprehensive information on general health, eating habits, living environment, and functional status can be collected from rural elders by telephone. Because much of the reported nutritional risk in this sample occurs in residents living in areas not receiving nutrition services, expanded nutritional risk data can be used to anticipate need for programs and services in areas not presently served.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sharkey, J. R., & Haines, P. S.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • September 2002