Incorporating the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam in Long-Term Care


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.


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