Screening

Malnutrition is largely preventable and treatable, but it often goes undetected and unrecorded, and therefore, untreated. One reason for this is that there is limited malnutrition screening in place in the community in Scotland. At Eat Well Age Well we work to promote the importance of screening for malnutrition and help support organisations that work directly with older people in the community to embed screening in their work.

Regular screening allows for the early identification of older people who are at risk of malnutrition and allows for early intervention which helps to limit the impact of malnutrition on older people’s health and well-being. It also allows us to build a more accurate picture of the prevalence of malnutrition in Scotland.

There are many screening tools available to use in the community and you can find information about two of these tools at the links below. You can also find our most recent screening reports below which provided information on our progress so far and our most up to date prevalence figures.

PANC

Patients Association Nutrition Checklist

An easy to use tool to help identify older people who are at risk of malnutrition.

constance care - using armband

Paperweight Armband

An easy to use tool to help identify older people who are at risk of malnutrition.

reports

Screening Reports

View our latest data about the prevalence of malnutrition in older people. 

Resources

Resources

We have developed a number of resources to help you tackle malnutrition.