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Skin status as marker of age dependent decline and fluid intake - A pilot study

Principal Investigators: PD Dr. Jan Kottner (CUB, Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie), Prof. Dr. Heiner Boeing (DIfE) 

Collaborating Researchers: Prof. Dr. med. Ursula Müller-Werdan (CUB)

Project Summary: Poor fluid intake is common in aged care receivers and patients but identifying patients at risk for water-loss dehydration is challenging. Empirical evidence suggests relationships between fluid intake and skin structure and function. This project focuses on developing possible diagnostic markers for identifying elderly and cognitively impaired patients at risk for dehydration. Results will be used to improve functional, cognitive, and psychomotor performance of aged patients and long-term care receivers via targeted increase of fluid intake.