The Nutritional Risk Index of Wolinsky et al uses 16 questions to screen an older person for evidence of possible nutritional problems.
5 dimensions of nutritional risk:
(1) mechanics of food intake (wearing dentures and smoking)
(2) prescribed dietary restrictions (taking prescribed medications)
(3) morbid conditions affecting food intake (existing illnesses)
(4) discomfort associated with the outcomes of food intake (digestive symptoms)
(5) significant changes in dietary habits (bowel troubles and the use of over-the-counter medications)
Questions: 16 questions about oral health, habits, illnesses and diet
nutrition risk index =
= SUM(points for all 16 questions)
• minimum score: 0
• maximum score: 16
• A score >= 8 indicates a person who is at risk for nutritional problems. A person with a score < 7 is not considered at risk. (page 986, Wolinsky, 1986).
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