218. Nutrition Risk Screening in Pediatrics: Hospital-and Community-Based Tools
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
- Evidence Analysis Library
- 10.1.1 Identifies and selects valid and reliable screening tool(s) to obtain and verify relevant data in support of nutrition assessment.
- 10.2.2 Works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team to identify and implement valid and reliable nutrition assessment tools to support access to care.
- 12.1.1 Promotes nutrition programs and resources to address issues of food security, nutritional health and overall health and wellness.
Molly Vega, MS RDN LD
Pediatric Clinical Dietitian
Texas Children’s Hospital
Didactic Program in Dietetics Director
Brigham Young University
Elizabeth Spoede, MS, RD, CSP, LD
Pediatric Dietitian, Clinical Specialist
Texas Children’s Hospital Houston, TX