Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam: Resources for Every Clinician

Dietitian performs nutrition focused physical exam

Stay ahead of the curve by learning how to do it

Performing a nutrition-focused physical exam (NFPE) is a great way to gain more information when assessing your patient or resident. Unfortunately, it is an underused technique, as many dietitians have never received training or don’t feel comfortable applying it in practice. We put together a list of NFPE resources that includes everything from formal training sessions to self-study. So whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, we invite you to peruse the list and incorporate NFPE into your daily assessments!

Upcoming Formal Training Sessions

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Workshop

  • February 26, 2018 in Santa Rosa, CA *Pediatric*
  • March 27, 2018 in Atlanta, GA
  • April 24, 2018 in Wilton, Connecticut
  • May 11, 2018 in Tallahassee, FL
  • May 11, 2018 in Klamath Falls, OR
  • You can schedule a workshop at your facility, too!

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Conference

  • January 22-25, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Cleveland Clinic Trainings

  • 2018 dates to be announced
  • Trainings held in Cleveland, Ohio

Many regional and state dietetic associations also host NFPE trainings at their monthly or annual meetings.

Resources for Self-Study

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Video Demonstrations

After reviewing several videos, these were the favorites — comprehensive, concise, good visuals, and excellent explanations of the connection between physical findings and nutrition status.

Books, Training Manuals, and Reading Materials

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics NFPE Pocket Guide for Adults or Pediatrics

  • $10-15 for Academy members
  • Also available as an e-book

Nutrition-Focused Physical Assessment: Making Clinical Connections by Mary Litchford

  • $49
  • Published in 2012

NFPE Desk Guide from the Alaska Dietetic Association with physical exam tips and color photographs

Malnutrition Quality Improvement InitiativeTM Malnutrition Recognition Guide

Is there a tool you’ve utilized that has been helpful? Tell us about it!


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