'Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool' ('MUST') for adults

The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)

It is estimated that one in seven subjects aged 65 years and over has a medium or high risk of malnutrition, but the prevalence is higher in subjects who are institutionalised than those who are living in their own homes. Malnutrition predisposes to disease, delays recovery from illness, and adversely affects body function, well-being and clinical outcome.

The malnutrition universal screening tool (MUST) is a five-step screening tool to identify adults, who are malnourished, at risk of malnutrition (undernutrition), or obese.

This Guidelines summary includes an algorithm of MUST, and recommendations on alternative measurements and considerations.

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