The assessment is a dynamic and ongoing evaluation of data that includes medical, health, social, dietary, nutritional, medication, supplemental or herbal history, physical, anthropometrics, and laboratory. The purpose is to make professional judgement about nutrition status, and this is the foundation of nutrition care.
Anthropometrics Physical measurements that can be compared to standards in order to reveal the nutritional status, growth, and health of an individual.
Ht., Wt., age, and gender are commonly used. Others?
This data provides the means to establish energy, protein, and fluid needs.
Biochemical medical tests and procedures
May include Na, K, BUN, Creat, Gluc, LDL-chol, Alb, Prealb, or others.
Physical exam conducted on the patient. The exam is used to assess everything from eyesight and reflexes to movement on the body and medical history.
Dietary reports begin with a 24hr recall on what the patient has consumed. This assessment may include questionnaires, surveys, worksheets and more in order to obtain an accurate amount of food related history from the patient.