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  1. Keller, Heather H. PhD, RD
  2. Brockest, Beverly MEd, RD
  3. Haresign, Helen MSc, FDC, RD


Nutrition screening to identify those who need further assessment and interventions is a secondary prevention practice that is gaining in popularity. Relatively little advice on the implementation of screening in practice is available. This article discusses seven steps to facilitate capacity building for nutrition screening with any tool, in any setting. These steps were developed from the capacity building project of Bringing Nutrition Screening to Seniors in Canada. Ethical screening is a core concept; the notion that once screened, if an individual is found to be at risk, referrals to social and healthcare providers are necessary to ameliorate risk. Follow-up of the "at-risk" client is also necessary to ensure that needs are being met by current services. Ethical nutrition screening and consideration for capacity development ensure that the purpose of screening is fulfilled in its practice