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The Edinburgh Feeding Evaluation in Dementia Scale: Determining how much help people with dementia need at mealtime.

Stockdell, Ruth MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Amella, Elaine J. PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: August 2008 - Volume 108 - Issue 8 - p 46–54
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000327831.51782.8e
FEATURE: How To try this

The Edinburgh Feeding Evaluation in Dementia scale is an 11-item instrument developed to assess eating and feeding problems in people with late-stage dementia. By looking for certain behaviors—spilling food while eating or turning the head when prompted to eat, for example—a nurse can identify a patient's needs and build an effective care plan. The scale takes as little as five minutes to complete. Watch an online video of nurses demonstrating the use of the scale:

Certain behaviors—spilling food while eating, for example—can predict a patient's needs and build an effective care plan.

Ruth Stockdell is an instructor and doctoral student at the College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, where Elaine J. Amella is the associate dean for research and evaluation. Contact author, Elaine J. Amella: The authors acknowledge Roger Watson, PhD, RN, FRSA, FAAN, and Suzanne O. Gresle, MA, MS, CCC-SLP, for their review of the manuscript. The authors have disclosed no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

How to Try This is a three-year project funded by a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University's College of Nursing in collaboration with AJN. This initiative promotes the Hartford Institute's geriatric assessment tools, Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults: The series will include articles and corresponding videos, all of which will be available for free online at Nancy A. Stotts, EdD, RN, FAAN (, and Sherry A. Greenberg, MSN, GNP-BC (, are coeditors of the print series. The articles and videos are to be used for educational purposes only.

Routine use of Try This tools or approaches may require formal review and approval by your employer.

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