ORIGINAL ARTICLEMini Nutritional Assessment Score as a Potential Predictor of Pressure Ulcers in Elderly Nursing Home Patients With DementiaJones, Amy MS, RDN, LD; Pope, Janet PhD, RD, LDN; Osei-Boadi Anguah, Katherene PhD; Erickson, Dawn MPH, RD, LDNAuthor Information Nutrition Techniques, LLC, Portland, Oregon (Ms Jones); College of Applied and Natural Sciences (Dr Pope) and School of Human Ecology (Ms Erickson), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston; and Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia (Dr Osei-Boadi Anguah). Correspondence: Amy Jones, MS, RDN, LD, Nutrition Techniques, LLC, Portland, OR 97202 ([email protected]). The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Topics in Clinical Nutrition: January/March 2020 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 42-49 doi: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000195 Buy Metrics Abstract This retrospective study compared the presence and severity of pressure ulcers in long-term care residents with dementia based on Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) scores. Participants included 50 older adults with pressure ulcers and 50 matched controls. MNA scores for subjects with and without ulcers were significantly different (8.34 ± 2.67 vs 9.98 ± 2.32, P = .001). Scores based on ulcer stage did not follow a linear pattern; however, subjects with stage 4 ulcers had significantly lower scores (6.33 ± 2.55) than subjects with stages 1 to 3 ulcers (8.90 ± 2.70, P = .009; 9.64 ± 2.16, P = .001; and 9.08 ± 2.02, P = .004, respectively). Results show a relationship between low MNA scores and pressure ulcers. Thus, MNA has the potential for use in implementation of preventive measures and mitigation of ulcer progression. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.