Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly


Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool

Purpose: The 'MUST' can detect over-nutrition (overweight and obesity) as well as undernutrition and is linked to a flexible care plan, which varies according to healthcare setting, patient group, and local resources.

Admin time:  15 min

User Friendly:  High

Administered by: Care workers in hospitals, community and other care settings

In 2013 NICE recommended the use of BAPEN’s interactive e-learning resource on nutritional screening using ‘MUST’ for staff working in hospitals, primary care and care homes to aid implementation on the new NICE Quality Standard for Nutritional Support of Adults:*.


Content : A flow chart containing the 5 steps to use for screening and management. BMI chart. Weight loss tables. Alternative measurements when BMI cannot be obtained by measuring weight and height.


Author :  BAPEN (British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition).

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MUST - online

Tools for mobile devices

MUST : app.

This Tool is used in the Nutritional Assessment

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The Nutritional Assessment is one of 5 sub-domains of the  Medical Assessment

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The Medical Assessment is one of 8 domains of the

 Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

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