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What is the MNA®?
The MNA® is a validated nutrition screening and assessment tool that can identify geriatric patients age 65 and above who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. The MNA® was developed nearly 20 years ago and is the most well validated nutrition screening tool for the elderly. Originally compromised of 18 questions, the current MNA® now consists of 6 questions and streamlines the screening process. The current MNA® retains the validity and accuracy of the original MNA® in identifying older adults who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. The revised MNA® Short Form makes the link to intervention easier and quicker and is now the preferred from of the MNA® for clinical use.

Why use the MNA®?
The MNA® is a validated tool

  • Screening tool validated specifically for the elderly 8
  • Highly sensitive, specific 9, and reliable 10, 11, 12, 13
  • Most widely used and validated screening method 14
  • Recommended by national and international clinical and scientific organizations* 15, 16

The MNA® is quick and easy to use

  • Quick and easy to answer 6 short questions
  • Takes less than 5 minutes to complete 17, 18
  • Easy to administer in wide variety of settings
  • Requires no special training
  • Requires no blood draws or labs 19
  • Widely available in 24 languages

The MNA® is effective

  • Targets the frail and elderly and at-risk geriatric population
  • Identifies the malnourished so intervention can being immediately
  • Identifies at-risk persons before weight loss occurs and serum protein levels fall, and facilitates earlier intervention when response is most successful 20, 21
  • Includes criteria specific to issues of ageing- functionality, depression, dementia 22
  • Identifies at-risk persons before other validated nutrition screening tools do 330
  • Identifies those who may respond to treatment
  • Not only identifies people who are at nutrition risk, but allows healthcare professionals to target intervention to specific causes of malnutrition 23 as identified in the MNA®
  • Predicts poor outcomes in the elderly

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