|A-HA Team Lead
Keller, H (Principal Investigator)
2013 – 2015
Nutrition risk screening tools are needed in community settings to identify older adults who may have nutritional problems. Early identification is essential as education can help to change behaviours, promoting improved health and well-being. Older adults come into contact with diverse health professionals and service providers in the community who can be involved in screening programs that would help older adults to receive the services and interventions they need to support their nutritional health. SCREENII is a 17-item tool that is valid and reliable for self-completion by older adults. An abbreviated 8-item version is also available. Although these tools identify risk factors that can lead directly into action plans, some settings find that the length of the tools can be a challenge, especially for frail older adults. In response to this concern a three-item version (SCREENIII) had been developed and construct validated using two samples. In over 500 men living in Manitoba, SCREENIII was found to be associated with self-perceived health, while in a small sample of older adults at a family practice, it was associated with gait and handgrip strength. SCREENIII shows potential as a brief, self-administered tool for use in the community and future work will focus on predictive and criterion validity.