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One slice of malt loaf has the same amount of calories as four plain biscuits

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Identify Undernutrition Using 'MUST' Self Calculator

If you have any concern about unplanned weight loss and/or being a low weight, you can determine an individual's risk of undernutrition using the 'MUST' self-calculator.

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If an individual is identified at moderate or high risk of undernutrition, it is recommended further advice is sought from a GP, dietitian or healthcare professional.

Use the calculator to establish nutritional risk using 'MUST'.
 
'MUST' MEASUREMENTS

'MUST' RESULTS

Current / present weight (kg)

BMI (kg/m2)

Past weight in past 3-6 months (kg)*

BMI score

Current height (m)

Weight loss %

Acute disease effect (ADE)**

Weight loss score

* if heaviest weight in past 3-6 months not known, use the individual's usual weight.

Acute disease score

** Acute disease effect: Only select 'YES' if the individual is acutely ill and there has been or is likely to be no nutritional intake for more than 5 days. Examples of acutely ill individuals may include those who are critically ill, have swallowing problems, head injuries or are undergoing gastrointestinal surgery. The acute disease effect section is expected to be 'NO' for a person in the community. Acute disease effect is usually associated to people admitted to hospital.

Total score

Acutely ill: Such patients include those who are critically ill, have swallowing difficulties (e.g. after stroke), or head injuries or are undergoing gastrointestinal surgery

Risk