Diagnosing Malnutrition

Patients identified to be at nutrition risk require a diagnosis to confirm malnutrition. Subjective global assessment (SGA) is the gold standard for diagnosing malnutrition. SGA is a simple bedside method used to diagnose malnutrition and identify those who would benefit from nutrition care. The assessment includes taking a history of recent intake, weight change, gastrointestinal symptoms and a clinical evaluation. SGA has been validated in a variety of patient populations. To order the updated (2015) SGA video please go to this link: http://cns-scn.ca/education/cmtf/cmtf-video SGA training is also available through the CMTF.

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