A Review of Nutritional Screening Tools for Hospitalized Children

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Author(s): Meryem Elif Öztürk*, Nurcan Yabanci Ayhan.

Journal Name: Current Nutrition & Food Science

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Abstract:

Malnutrition is highly prevalent in hospitalized children and it is associated with severe morbidity and mortality outcomes. In addition malnutrition increases the duration of hospitalization and hospital costs. Therefore, to prevent malnutrition several nutritional screening tools have been developed for hospitalized children in the last years. There are seven screening tools available in the literature. It is essential that the screening tools should be valid and reliable. Beside this, it is important that screening tools should be simple and take less time. Currently, there is no standardized nutritional screening tool for pediatric inpatients like adult inpatients. Tools should be revised and reevaluated using anthropometric measurements, according to the WHO growth charts. Besides, the accuracy of screening tools may improve if they are standardized for certain diseases (cancer, kidney failure etc.), certain states (intensive care unit patients) or age groups.

Keywords: Accuracy, children, malnutrition, morbidity, nutrition screening tools, pediatric populations.

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DOI: 10.2174/1573401316666200123094213
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