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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Margaret Hegge


psychology of nursing home parients, nursing home patient nutrition requirements, water in the body


Water is a basic human need. The literature reports that residents of extended care facilities are at risk for inadequate water intake. For nurses involved with the care of the extended care resident providing adequate amounts of fluid is a basic responsibility. The purpose of this observational study was to determine water intake as it relates to mood, psychosocial well-being and behavior patterns in extended care facility residents. A convenience sample of 39 subjects were observed for two twenty-four hour periods. All foods and fluids ingested were recorded. Information on each subject's mood, behavior and psychosocial well-being was obtained from the Minimum Data Set. The data revealed that only four of the subjects exceeded 100% of water intake adequacy based on the requirement of 1,600 ml/m^ of body surface area. The mean percentage of water intake adequacy among the subjects was 66.2%. Twenty-one of the subjects were below the mean of water intake adequacy. In this study no significant relationship between mood, behavior and psychosocial wellbeing and water intake of the subjects could be found.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nursing home patients -- Psychology
Nursing home patients -- Nutrition -- Requirements
Water in the body



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