The purpose of nutritional assessment is to obtain, verify and interpret the data needed to identify nutrition-related problems, their causes and their importance. A comprehensive nutritional evaluation includes (anthropometric measurements of body composition); (biochemical measurements of serum proteins, micronutrients and metabolic parameters); (the clinical evaluation of altered nutritional requirements and social or psychological problems that may prevent adequate intake). Once a person's data has been collected and organized, the doctor can assess and evaluate that person's nutritional status. A nutritional evaluation is an in-depth evaluation of objective and subjective data related to a person's food and nutrient intake, lifestyle, and medical history.
The doctor can incorporate the nutritional evaluation of the elderly patient into office practice by considering two questions.