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What is the MNA®?MNA® Form

The MNA® is a validated nutrition screening and assessment tool that can identify geriatric patients age 65 and above who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. The MNA® was developed nearly 20 years ago and is the most well validated nutrition screening tool for the elderly. Originally comprised of 18 questions, the current MNA® now consists of 6 questions and streamlines the screening process. The current MNA® retains the validity and accuracy of the original MNA® in identifying older adults who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. The revised MNA® Short Form makes the link to intervention easier and quicker and is now the preferred form of the MNA® for clinical use.

MNA® Literature Database

The Literature Database houses valuable information on the extensive research that supports use of the MNA®. Currently the database has more than 1100 published research articles that reference the MNA®. The database will allow users to search for and access links to abstracts of all MNA® articles and references cited on the MNA® website.

Latest news about the MNA®

  • MNA® and Wound Care
    Based on evidence showing the MNA® performed better than the Braden Scale and other measures in predicting pressure ulcer development,[I] the US Wound Registry established a CSM quality measure for screening wound care patients for nutrition risk (that can use the MNA®) and providing treatment as indicated. Click here to read an interview with the editor of Today's Wound Clinic about use of the MNA® in wound care.

  • For Older Adults - Self MNA®
    The Self MNA® is a simple tool designed to help older adults see if they are getting the nutrition they need.  This new tool was scientifically validated in community-dwelling older adults in a recently published study. Older adults may access the Self-MNA® on the MNA® Forms page, complete the 6 questions, and share the results with their doctor to help guide the discussion about nutrition and their health. The Self-MNA® is available in English, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

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  • MNA® and the Electronic Medical Record
    The MNA® may be incorporated into the electronic health record provided users comply with all copyright and trademark requirements.

MNA® Video

Nutrition screening as easy as the MNA

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Self MNA®

  • Specifically adapted for self completion by older adults or caregivers
  • Determines the nutrition screening score
  • Easy to use
  • Results to be shared and discussed with healthcare provider
  • Access the Self-MNA® on the MNA® Forms page


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