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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000308962.37976.c9

How to Try This: The Mini Nutritional Assessment

DiMaria-Ghalili, Rose Ann PhD, RN, CNSN; Guenter, Peggi A. PhD, RN, CNSN

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Older adults are especially vulnerable to malnutrition, which often goes undetected and increases the risks of illness and death. The Joint Commission has required U.S. hospitals to provide nutrition screening to all patients within 24 hours of admission, but that doesn't cover patients in other settings, nor is there a standardized assessment tool for finding malnutrition in older adults. The Mini Nutritional Assessment is an effective, easily administered tool designed to identify older adults who have or are at risk for developing malnutrition. It consists of 18 questions and can be completed in about 15 minutes. A short form, containing the first six questions, can be used for screening. For a free online video demonstrating the use of this tool, go to

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