Food and Nutrition Security
218. Nutrition Risk Screening in Pediatrics: Hospital-and Community-Based Tools
Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Session Level 2 - Intermediate
Nutrition screening tools have been examined extensively in the adult population, but little is known about the validity and reliability of quick and easy tools to identify nutrition risk in the pediatric population. This session will describe methodology and results of a systematic review of nutrition screening tools to identify risk of malnutrition related to over- and undernutrition in the pediatric population. Validity and reliability of 14 pediatric nutrition screening tools used in clinical and community settings were examined, including how well different administrators of the tools identify malnutrition risk. Tool parameters were evaluated to guide future development and implementation of pediatric nutrition screening tools that can be utilized in a variety of settings. Finally, the link between food insecurity and risk for malnutrition in the US was investigated. A research call to action will be proposed for underrepresented areas and groups and for expansion upon existing tools.
- Describe nutrition screening tools that are valid and reliable for identifying risk of malnutrition related to under- or over-nutrition in the pediatric population.
- Evaluate the common elements of nutrition screening tools.
- Describe the relationship between food insecurity and risk of malnutrition related to over- or undernutrition in the pediatric population.
Learning Need Codes:
- 3090 - Screening parameters, methodology, surveillance
- 4150 - Infancy and Childhood (stages of life cycle)
- 4070 - Food security, hunger