The purpose of this project was to develop a facility-specific geriatric nutrition screening and assessment tool. The goal was to develop a standardized tool for Clinical Dietitians to accurately screen and identify elderly patients at risk for malnutrition during their hospital stay, in order to provide appropriate and timely Medical Nutrition Therapy and intervention.
The elderly population is at high risk for malnutrition from both physiological and non-physiological causes. Up to 30–60% of hospitalized, elderly patients are malnourished. Early identification and intervention of malnutrition can positively impact the patient and facility.
The Geriatric Medical Nutrition Therapy Assessment Form was designed based on information obtained from review of literature. Existing and validated nutrition screening and assessment tools were reviewed and pertinent risk factors were identified and incorporated into the new form. The form is intended for use to screen and assess patients aged 65 years and older for malnutrition risk.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
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