Priority 6 from the Nutritional Screening and Malnutrition PSP

UNCERTAINTY: Is it appropriate and accurate to use standard BMI ranges to diagnose malnutrition in elderly people, dementia patients, bed-bound patients and patients with fluid imbalances? (JLA PSP Priority 6)
Overall ranking 6
JLA question ID 0085/6
Explanatory note Not available for this PSP

Green SM, Watson R. Nutritional screening and assessment tools for older adults: literature review. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2006;54(4):477-90.

Health Research Classification System category Generic Health Relevance
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Are current BMI ranges used in MUST appropriate for the elderly? ~ Is BMI as good as MUST ~ Is BMI correctly identifying malnutrition I.e. ascities/oedema/muscle mass?
Submitted by 3 x healthcare professional
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0085
PSP name Nutritional Screening and Malnutrition
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 81  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 7 June 2019