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 comprised 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 form of the MNA® for clinical use.
MNA® Literature Database
You are being directed to another site that houses the MNA® Literature Database. The Literature Database houses valuable information on the extensive research that supports use of the MNA®. Currently the database has more than 1100 published research articles that reference the MNA®.
The database will allow users to search for and access links to abstracts of all MNA® articles and references cited on the MNA® website.
Latest news about the MNA®
- MNA® and Wound Care
Based on evidence showing the MNA® performed better than the Braden Scale and other measures in predicting pressure ulcer development,[I] the US Wound Registry established a CSM quality measure for screening wound care patients for nutrition risk (that can use the MNA®) and providing treatment as indicated. Click here to read an interview with the editor of Today’s Wound Clinic about use of the MNA® in wound care.
- Interactive versions of the MNA®-Short Form are now available in Bengali, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Sinhala, Slovakian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Thai and Urdu. Other languages forthcoming.
Interactive versions of the MNA®-Long Form are now available in English and Norwegian.
- New for Older Adults – Self MNA®
The Self MNA® is a simple tool designed to help older adults see if they are getting the nutrition they need. This new tool was scientifically validated in community-dwelling older adults in a recently published study. Older adults may access the Self-MNA® on the MNA® Forms page, complete the 6 questions, and share the results with their doctor to help guide the discussion about nutrition and their health. The Self-MNA® is available in English, Finnish, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
- MNA® and the Electronic Medical Record
The MNA® may be incorporated into the electronic health record provided users comply with all copyright and trademark requirements. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MNA®-SF iPhone® App
- Quickly screen for malnutrition
- Maintains patient confidentiality
- Available free of charge through the iTunes® store
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- Specifically adapted for self completion by older adults or caregivers
- Determines the nutrition screening score
- Easy to use
- Results to be shared and discussed with healthcare provider
- Access the Self-MNA® on the MNA® Forms page