Nutritional assessment

Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 1998 Jun;27(2):347-69. doi: 10.1016/s0889-8553(05)70007-8.


Nutritional status is a dynamic entity that changes because of interactions between nutrient intake and absorption and requirements and disease. Clinically relevant nutritional assessment should determine whether the patient's nutritional status will decline in the absence of nutritional support. In addition, such assessment should predict complications in the absence of nutritional intervention. The role of different techniques--clinical body compositional, and functional--is discussed in this context.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Composition
  • Diet
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / diet therapy
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / etiology*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Nutrition Disorders / complications*
  • Nutrition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Nutrition Disorders / prevention & control
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Nutritional Status
  • Nutritional Support