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.
Latest news about the MNA®
- 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.
- 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 and Spanish versions.
is more sensitive than BMI in early detection of malnutrition and risk for malnutrition in elderly residents in long term care. In an abstract
presented at the European Union of Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) 2011 meeting, the MNA®
identified a four-fold higher prevalence of at risk residents and a slightly higher prevalence of malnutrition in 3299 elderly residents, compared to the BMI alone, confirming the MNA®
-SF is a more suitable tool for detecting nutritional issues in the elderly.
and calf circumference measuring tape received the Good Design Award 2011
from the Japan
Institute of Design Promotion (commonly called G-mark accreditation), given for designs that enrich people’s lives and society.
After the 2011 Japan Earthquake, the MNA®
- SF, which may be used in care settings or at home, was used in evacuation centers to quickly and easily detect nutritional status in vulnerable older adults.
- The Interactive MNA® is now available in Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Sinhala, Spanish, Turkish and Thai. Other languages forthcoming.
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