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What Is MUST?

MUST’ (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool) is a five-step screening tool to identify adults, who are malnourished, at risk of malnutrition (undernutrition), or obese. It also includes management guidelines which can be used to develop a care plan.

How to do a MUST score

 Step 1

Measure height and weight to get a BMI score using chart provided.

In unable to obtain height and weight, use these alternative procedures.

Step 2

Note percentage unplanned weight loss and score using tables provided.

Step 3

Establish acute disease effect and score.

Step 4

Add scores from steps 1, 2 and 3 together to obtain overall risk of malnutrition.

Step 5

Use management guidelines and/or local policy to develop care plan.