MNA® Information

MNA Form

The MNA® Website resources include MNA® forms in more than 20 languages, interactive MNA forms, access to literature, guides to interpret the MNA, and suggested guidelines for intervention.

The MNA® is free to use and widely available for all practice settings. Because it does not rely on laboratory data, the MNA® is ideal for community and ambulatory care settings, such as assisted living facilities and senior feeding programs, where resources for blood sampling may be limited or cost prohibitive.

The ideal screening tool must be effective. Compared with other nutrition screening tools, the MNA® is more likely to identify risk of developing undernutrition at an early stage so intervention can be started early when it is most effective. It is useful for follow-up and for monitoring the effectiveness of nutrition intervention. In recent studies, MNA® scores improved in patients who received nutrition intervention after being identified by the MNA® to have early malnutrition.

The MNA® predicts not only nutritional risk, but also outcomes of nutrition risk - functional problems, hospitalization, and mortality. Low MNA® scores correlate with decline in functional ability, cognitive impairment, and increased frailty in older persons. In hospitalized patients, low MNA® scores are predictive of adverse outcomes, including prolonged lengths of stay, increased frequency of discharges to a nursing home, and a nearly three-fold increase in mortality.

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