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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: Healthcare workers in hospitals, community and other care settings


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).


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

The 'MUST' is freely available to use for non-commercial purposes. If you wish to adapt the 'MUST' in any way, by adding your own company logo for example, or changing the management guidelines, copyright permission must be sought, and a copy of the adapted version sent to the BAPEN Office. 'MUST' artwork can be supplied for printing purposes.

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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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