With a widespread lack of awareness of national best practice guidelines for malnutrition, Joannie Crotts, RN, BSN, CPC , and Szilvia Kovacs, MS, RD, LDN , explain how identifying and diagnosing the condition is often still difficult, and how important changes can be made to improve a facility’s malnutrition program.
Q: We are currently using a hybrid medical record, so we have standard query forms with multiple-choice options that cannot be modified at this time. We wanted to include a statement so our query doesn’t seem leading. Is our approach to the multiple-choice query format appropriate?
Q: Our providers are reluctant to document a correlation between symptoms and a true diagnosis. Do you have any good ways to get them to do this? For example, our providers document "diabetes" but they often don't include additional details that should be there (e.g., gestational diabetes or type II diabetes mellitus in pregnancy).