Dietary diversity predicts type of medical expenditure in elders

Yuan-Ting Lo, M L Wahlqvist, Yu-Hung Chang, Senyeong Kao, Meei-Shyuan Lee

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    We investigated the relationship between dietary quality and medical care utilization and expenditures among a general Asian population. Elderly individuals with better dietary quality, as determined by a higher DDS, required fewer emergency and hospitalization services but obtained more preventive and ambulatory care. The findings have important implications for nutrition-related health service policy. Such a policy should pay close attention to socially disadvantaged groups with poorer dietary quality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e415 - e423
    Number of pages9
    JournalAmerican Journal of Managed Care
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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