Incorporating the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam in Long-Term Care

(9 customer reviews)


Web-based, self-study course for registered dietitians.

About this Web-Based, Self-Study Course

Older adults – especially those living in long-term care – are at an increased risk for malnutrition. Consequently, malnutrition has been shown to increase the risk of falls and fractures, compromise the immune system, delay wound healing, and increase all-cause mortality risk.

As a component of a comprehensive nutrition assessment, the nutrition focused physical exam (NFPE) can assist registered dietitians (RDs) in identifying malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in older adults living in long-term care.

RDs must be familiar with NFPE techniques and how they can use their findings to identify and document nutrition problems as well as develop a person-centered nutrition care plan in the long-term care setting.

The content in this course is applicable to RDs in a long-term care setting.

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Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Identify three risk factors of malnutrition in older adults
  2. Conduct the nutrition-focused physical exam in the long-term care setting as part of an in-depth nutrition assessment
  3. Apply nutrition-related findings from the nutrition-focused physical exam to develop a person-centered care plan

Professional Approvals

This course is intended for: RDs

CDR Activity Number: 153070

Self Study Activity Type: 740 Web-Based
CPE Level: 2

Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:

  • 3020: Assessment of target groups, populations
  • 5390: Care planning, documentation, and evaluation
  • 5040: Long-term, intermediate, assisted living
  • 5285: Malnutrition, Failure to thrive

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 10.1.2 Conducts the nutrition screening to identify patient risks and level of criticality and to direct services.
    10.2.3 Analyzes and synthesizes the assessment data to identify nutrition problems following the Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care for RDNs.
    10.2.8 Establishes the plan of care, directly addressing the nutrition diagnosis in collaboration with the patient in defining the time, frequency and duration of the intervention.
    2.2.1 Identifies the need for and negotiates common ground with customers, interprofessional team members and other stakeholders.

Note: Numerous other CDR Learning Need Codes and Performance Indicators may apply.

Course approved for 1 CPEU from 1/31/20 through 1/31/2023.

9 reviews for Incorporating the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam in Long-Term Care

  1. Joanna Johnson

    Great course that provides a detailed overview of malnutrition in the long-term care setting and how an NFPE can support your diagnosis and interventions. The course lacks pictures of the NFPE techniques, which would have been more helpful.

  2. Lisa Moore

    I enjoyed the course and the timely information it provided on malnutrition and PDPM.

  3. Kelly Burton

    Useful course that provides actionable information on the NFPE and treating malnutrition in the geriatric population.

  4. Cindy Berg

    This course would be more helpful with pictures of the NFPE techniques. Nonetheless, the course was still a great overview of diagnosing and documenting malnutrition under PDPM.

  5. Kate McConnel

    Good overview of the NFPE for older adults.

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  7. Lori Myer

    Overall, a helpful course. Pictures of the NFPE techniques would have been useful.

  8. Ashley Menke

    Coming from the acute care setting to LTC, this course was helpful.

  9. Sue Pederson

    Quick but important and helpful course.

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