Diagnosing Malnutrition

Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) is the gold standard for diagnosing malnutrition. It is a simple bedside method of assessing the risk of malnutrition and identifying those who would benefit from nutrition care. The assessment includes taking a history of recent intake, weight change, gastrointestinal symptoms and a clinical evaluation. It has been validated in a variety of patient populations. To order the updated (2015) SGA DVD please go to this link:
https://cns-scn.ca/education/cmtf/cmtf-dvd

Interested in SGA training?
This document outlines the process for requesting SGA training at your hospital

Subjective global assessment (SGA) form – 2016
The Canadian Malnutrition Task Force, under the leadership of Dr. Jeejeebhoy, revised the SGA form to better reflect the effect dietary intake has on body composition. As well, the form includes detail around the importance of understanding the difference poor appetite and cachexia have on body composition. The form has been incorporated the SGA DVD.

Subjective global assessment (SGA) form – 2016 – black & white
To be used if colour printers are not available.

How to use the 2016 SGA form
This two page form provides the necessary details to assist you in understanding how to complete SGA.

How to use the 2016 SGA form - black and white
This two page form provides the necessary details to assist you in understanding how to complete SGA.

The SGA form and guidance document in pocket guide format
SGA pocket guide cover and inside pages

Instructions on how to print the pocket guide document

Case study of patient and chart note
This is an example of a chart note using Nutrition Care Process Terminology

In determining how to accurately assess an individual’s nutritional status, clinicians need to understand the difference between clinical conditions that affect the phenomenon of body (fat and muscle) wasting.

 


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