Optimal nutrition is meant to prevent deterioration of mental and physical functions as well as health or treatment complications and to shorten convalescence. The Mini Nutritional Assessment® (MNA®) was developed to detect existing malnutrition or the risk of malnutrition in elderly patients > 65 years. The screening can be performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis. The implementation of the MNA® is recommended by the «European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism» (ESPEN) for elderly patients .
|12 - 14||Normal nutritional status|
|8 - 11||Risk for malnutrition||Consider nutrition therapy|
|≤ 7||Malnutrition||Nutrition therapy recommended|
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