Capturing the data: nutrition risk screening of adults in hospital

Nutrients. 2010 Apr;2(4):438-48. doi: 10.3390/nu2040438. Epub 2010 Apr 1.


This study aims to explore limitations with the Malnutrition Screening Tool in identifying malnutrition risk, in a cohort of 3,033 adult Australian medical and surgical hospital inpatients. Seventy-two percent of patients were screened; illness and medical care limited access to others. Malnutrition risk (16.5%; n = 501) was found in all age groups with a trend to higher risk in medical wards; 10% (n = 300) of patients with communication barriers were excluded. Systematic screening increased dietitians' referrals by 39%. Further research is required to enable screening of all patients, including those with communication issues with an easy to use valid tool.

Keywords: Malnutrition Screening Tool; adults; evidence translation; hospitals; malnutrition screening.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Hospitals, General
  • Humans
  • Inpatients
  • Male
  • Malnutrition / diagnosis*
  • Malnutrition / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Risk Assessment / methods
  • Victoria / epidemiology
  • Young Adult