Validating adult and paediatric nutrition screening and assessment tools in Vietnamese language in two acute hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Breanne Hosking, Danielle Gallegos, Cuong Quoc Tran, Thanh Nhan Ngyuen, Do Ngoc Thi Diep, Ekta Agarwal

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Despite being commonly prevalent in acute care hospitals worldwide, malnutrition often goes unidentified and untreated due to a lack in the implementation of a nutrition care pathway. The aim of this study was to validate nutrition screening and assessment tools in Vietnamese language. After converting into Vietnamese, Malnutrition Screening Tool (MST) and Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) were used to identify malnutrition in the adult setting; and the Paediatric Nutrition Screening Tool (PNST) and paediatric Subjective Global Nutritional Assessment (SGNA) were used in the paediatric setting in two acute care hospitals in Vietnam. This cross-sectional observational study sampled 123 adults (median age 78 years [39–96 years], 63% males) and 105 children (median age 20 months [2–100 months], 66% males). In adults, nutrition risk and malnutrition were identified in 29% and 45% of the cohort respectively. Nutrition risk and malnutrition were identified in 71% and 43% of the paediatric cohort respectively. The sensitivity and specificity of the screening tools were: 62% and 99% for the MST compared to the SGA; 89% and 42% for the PNST compared to the SGNA. This study provides a stepping stone to the potential use of evidence-based nutrition screening and assessment tools in Vietnamese language within the adult and paediatric Vietnamese acute care setting. Further work is required into integrating a complete nutrition care pathway within the acute care setting in Vietnamese hospitals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number285
Pages (from-to)48
Number of pages1
JournalNutrition and Dietetics
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference - Crown Perth Conference Centre, Perth, Australia
Duration: 13 May 201516 May 2015


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