Nutrition Assessment

A nutrition assessment is the process of determining an individual's nutritional status or whether adequate amounts of required nutrients are available to and absorbed by the body. Every patient in a family medicine practice deserves some level of nutrition assessment. This assessment can be a brief screen, when the patient is relatively healthy, or more in-depth, if the patient appears to have nutritional inadequacy or risk factors for malnutrition. The depth of the assessment is based on the patient and the presenting situation. Those who may require a more in-depth evaluation include patients who are grossly overweight or underweight, patients with a chronic or severe acute illness, growing infants and children, patients in poverty or otherwise unable to obtain a variety of foods, most frail older adults, and patients who maintain nontraditional diets, such as recent immigrants or fad dieters.

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