Malnutrition in Older Adults

Malnutrition in Older Adults

Welcome to the Malnutrition in Older Adults Project

Malnutrition is multifactorial thus many tools and resources are needed to support care in different populations and settings. Weight loss is a major clinical characteristic used in the diagnosis of malnutrition which contributes to many negative outcomes – not the least of which are increased risk of morbidity, mortality, loss of quality of life, and falls. 

The EAL has started the process to update the existing Unintended Weight Loss in Older Adults guideline. Since publication of this guideline in 2009, the older population has grown and an abundance of primary literature has been published. The objective of the updated guideline would be to analyze and evaluate evidence on the topics of most concern to the patient population, and health care providers including registered dietitians.

Scoping Review

The work started in 2018 by conducting a thorough scoping review designed to examine the extend, range, and nature of the available nutrition research in malnutrition in older adults. The results of the scoping review will be used to guide the focus of the systematic review, including the development of the research questions. The systematic review is scheduled to start in Spring 2020.

Use the links on the left navigation bar to access details of the scoping review. Expand the section below titled Project Team and Disclosures for a listing of individuals who contributed to the development of the review, disclosures and project funding information.



  • Scoping Review Project Team and Disclosures (2020)

    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to the scoping review:

    Project Team

    • Lisa Moloney, MS, RD, Project Manager
      Nutrition Researcher, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, USA
    • Brittany Y. Jarret, PhD, RD, Lead Analyst
      Associate Medical Writer, Complete HealthVizion, Chicago, IL, USA
    • Deepa Handu, PhD, RD, Methodologist
      Senior Scientist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, USA

    Content Advisors

    • Judi Porter, PhD
      Associate Professor, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    • Jingyi Wang, MPH, RD, LD
      Clinical Dietitian, Providence Seward Medical and Care Center, Seward, AK, USA

    Financial Contributors

    • Commission on Dietetic Registration
    • Dietetics in Health Care Communities Dietetic Practice Group
    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    The views or interests of the funding bodies did not influence the development of this scoping review.

    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, the Academy has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members and content advisors have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members and content advisors are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the Academy Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers:

    • None of the content advisors listed above disclosed potential conflicts of interest.