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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Nutritional (High Protein) Perihabilitation in Older Veterans Undergoing Surgery
Principal Investigator:

Kathryn N. Starr

Location: Durham, NC
Congressional District Code: 1
Research Service: Rehabilitation R&D
Project Period: May 2017 - April 2022
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $212,330
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Post-surgical complications are most common in older adults. While a number of factors contribute, one key determinant is malnourishment. Malnutrition – particularly low protein intake – is seen in up to 86% of older adults at hospital admission; however, the prevalence of malnutrition in older Veterans is unknown. Malnutrition and post-surgical complications are linked through two critical observations: 1) malnutrition dramatically reduces the ability of older adults to overcome postsurgical he...

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